2 hospitalizations reported in El Paso County in this young flu season

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) – This year’s flu season is young but has already resulted in two hospitalizations in El Paso County

County health officials are urging the public to get their flu vaccine ASAP.

“Getting an influenza vaccine every year is the best way to prevent the spread of the flu. The vaccine is safe, effective and will not give you the flu,” said Dr. Robin Johnson, El Paso County Public Health’s medical director, in a statement Wednesday. “It is especially important for children, the elderly, or those with respiratory conditions such as asthma.”

The 2017-2018 flu season was one of the most severe in decades, according to the CDC. In just El Paso County, 489 people were hospitalized.

The county health department says the season typically peaks in January and February but can rev up as early as October and last as long as May. Symptoms can come on suddenly and includes:

– Fever (usually high)
– Headache
– Fatigue
– Cough
– Sore throat
– Body aches
– Diarrhea
– Vomiting

Getting a flu shot is your number one defense against the flu. Don’t delay getting your family vaccinated!