Jan 8, 2014 1:51 PM by David Randall
The State of Colorado keeps track of Coloradans hospitalized for the flu each flu season. News5 has compiled those numbers since the start of flu season (October 5, 2013) through the most recent reporting period (January 4, 2014). We will update this tracker each time the state updates their report, once a week. The map below breaks down those numbers by county as well as flu type. The active flu types for the 2013-2014 flu season, that the State of Colorado tracks, are type A, type B, type H3, and the 2009 H1N1 strain. The map is color coded based on flu hospitalizations per 100,000 people. Click on a county to see the number of hospitalizations and a breakdown of specific flu strains.
The CDC has the following advice for preventing the flu:
Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
The CDC also recommends that everyone above the age of 6 months get a flu shot.
The graph below breaks down the breakdown of the two most common flu types this season (2009 H1N1 and Type A) compared to the total number of flu hospitalizations this season. This graph compares the counties with the 12 highest total flu hospitalizations.