Flu (influenza) activity continues to increase this season across Colorado. There have been hospitalizations reported that are three to four time higher than in previous years since 2014, which was Colorado’s most severe season. If you or a loved one are showing symptoms or are sick stay home. The Centers for Disease Control recommend staying home for 24 hours after your fever is gone, without the use of fever reducing medications. Higher risk community members including children, older adults, and pregnant women should see their primary care provider if there is evidence of flu like symptoms. Symptoms can be fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle and body aches, chills, headaches, and fatigue (tiredness).
Take everyday preventive precautions that include avoiding contact with sick people or staying home when sick, washing hands often, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose, disinfect surfaces regularly, and get the flu shot.