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Colorado Currently Has “Moderate” Flu Related Activity, According to CDC

A recent report for ILI (influenza like illness) from the CDC notes that Colorado is one of two states with moderate activity for the 2018-2019 flu season. Georgia and Louisiana were the only two states experiencing high ILI activity. Colorado and South Carolina were the two states experiencing moderate ILI activity. All other states reported low and minimal ILI activity. The report covers flu activity for the week of December 8, 2018. See the image below for reference.

A Look At National Flu-Related Activity Through December 1, 2018

 

Colorado Flu Activity 2018 2019 Season

What Does That Mean For Current Flu Activity In Colorado?

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the geographic spread of influenza activity in the state of Colorado is at the local level. As of the time of the most recent report, approximately 121 people have been hospitalized in Colorado during the 2018-2019 flu season. To date, the following activity and statistics have been reported (this information is from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website).

 

Additional Information About Colorado Influenza Activity To Date:

 

  • 49 additional influenza-associated hospitalizations were reported during the week ending December 8, 2018, bringing the total number of hospitalizations since the beginning of the 2018-19 season to 121.

 

  • ILI (Influenza-like illness) patient visits reported by outpatient clinics has increased from 4.5% to 4.9%. This includes data from Kaiser Permanente and Primary Care Partners clinics located in the North Central, Northeast, Northwest, South and South Central regions of Colorado.

 

  • Syndromic surveillance of influenza-like illness patient visits in emergency departments in the Denver-metro area increased from 2.06% to 2.37%. This is above the seasonal baseline level of 2.37%.

 

  • Sentinel hospital labs (21 of 23 reporting) tested 1,091 specimens and 58 (5.3%) were positive for influenza.

 

  • There has been 1 outbreak associated with influenza reported for the 2018-19 influenza season.

 

  • Mortality due to pneumonia and influenza in Colorado is below the U.S epidemic threshold and decreased from 4.7% to 4.4%. This is below the national level of 5.7%.

 

  • No influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported thus far.

 

Still Need To Get A Flu Shot?

Metro Urgent Care offers $45 flat rate flu shots at most clinics. Find an MUC location near you and call to confirm it is a location providing $25 flat rate flu shots. Learn more about avoiding the flu this year HERE.

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Flu Testing And Treatment In Westminster, Colorado

Why Early Flu Testing Can Help Make Treatment More Effective

Last year’s flu season was the worst in Colorado history. Here’s why early flu testing and treatment is imperative.

It’s the beginning of the 2018-2019 flu season, and if it is anything like last year, it could be one of the worst to date. If you live or work in Westminster, Colorado, now is the time to prepare and learn how to avoid the flu or at least shorten its duration if you become ill. The Denver Post has already reported the first cases of the flu in the Greater Denver area, so it’s only a matter of time before Westminster is affected. If you end up being unlucky, and start developing flu symptoms, be sure to visit one of our Westminster urgent care locations for early flu testing and treatment options.

Last Year’s Colorado Flu Season Was The Worst In History

According to Kirk Mitchell of the Denver Post, ”the most recent flu season was the worst in Colorado history with 4,650 residents going to the hospital with the disease between fall 2017 and spring 2018, state officials announced Thursday.” Health officials in Denver are urging people to get a flu shot, to prevent the flu. The CDC held a flu vaccine campaign press conference in DC on September 27, which included a recent “estimate that more than 900,000 people were hospitalized and more than 80,000 people died from flu last season.” Those numbers are the highest to date.

The CDC held a flu vaccine campaign press conference in DC on September 27, which included a recent “estimate that more than 900,000 people were hospitalized and more than 80,000 people died from flu last season.”

Why Flu Testing Is So Important For You And Your Family

The 2018-2019 flu season could be even worse, so it’s important to get your flu shot. The ideal time to get the flu shot is October or November. Equally as important, is getting a flu test at the first sign of symptoms. Unlike the common cold, flu symptoms usually appear in 24 hours. Flu testing is much more important than most people realize, because it ensures accurate diagnosis, and allows immediate treatment. Flu treatment might include administering important fluids, providing anti-fever medication, etc. Here’s the real benefit – If administered in the beginning stages of the flu, anti-viral drugs can help shorten the duration of the flu, and even lessen symptoms. A shorter, less severe flu decreases odds of complications, such as hospitalization.

Westminster, CO Flu Shots For $25 At MUC

MUC has two convenient urgent cares in Westminster that provide flu shots, flu testing and flu treatment seven days a week from 8am – 8pm. Patients can walk-in, check-in online or call to make an appointment.

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Preventing and Treating The Flu In Aurora, Colorado

Flu Testing And Treatment In Aurora, Colorado

It’s that time of year again, the dreaded flu season. If you live or work in Aurora, Colorado area, take note. The Denver Post has already reported the first cases of the flu in the Greater Denver area. You know what that means! It’s time to take the appropriate measures to avoid contracting the flu. Should you or your family come down with the flu, MUC of Aurora offers flu testing and treatment, ensuring proper diagnosis and course of action.

According to Kirk Mitchell of the Denver Post, ”the most recent flu season was the worst in Colorado history with 4,650 residents going to the hospital with the disease between fall 2017 and spring 2018, state officials announced Thursday.” Health officials in Denver are urging people to get a flu shot, to prevent the flu. The CDC held a flu vaccine campaign press conference in DC on September 27, which included a recent “estimate that more than 900,000 people were hospitalized and more than 80,000 people died from flu last season.” Those numbers are the highest to date.

The CDC held a flu vaccine campaign press conference in DC on September 27, which included a recent “estimate that more than 900,000 people were hospitalized and more than 80,000 people died from flu last season.”

Why Flu Testing Is So Important

The 2018-2019 flu season could be even worse, so it is imperative to not only get a flu shot, but to get a flu test right when symptoms appear. Unlike the common cold, flu symptoms strike quickly, often within 24 hours. Flu testing is much more important than most people realize, as it not only ensures an accurate diagnosis, but allows flu treatment to begin immediately. Flu treatment might include administering important fluids, providing anti-fever medication, recommending rest, etc. If administered within the ideal time frame, anti-viral drugs can help lessen the severity and duration of the flu.

MUC Offers $25 Flu Shots At Our Aurora Urgent Care Clinics

MUC has two convenient urgent cares in Aurora that provide flu shots, flu testing and flu treatment seven days a week from 8am – 8pm. Patients can walk-in, check-in online or call to make an appointment.

Aurora Urgent Care – Parker

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