Second Influenza Children Death Reported in Colorado

DENVER – Two children died of the flu in Colorado, according to the latest figures from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

The two children who died of the flu were associated with influenza A, the H1N1 flu virus, the agency said. The most recent death was reported during the week ending February 16th. The first death was reported during the week ending January 12th. There is no information on children other than those under 18 years of age.

The latest data from the CDPHE indicate that 2,054 people have been hospitalized for influenza since the beginning of the 2018-2019 season. The majority of these hospitalizations occur between 0 to 4 year olds and adults over 65 years of age.

The Colorado Flu Report is published every Tuesday every week to provide a concise, up-to-date summary of influenza activity in Colorado.

According to Summit County Public Health, 15% of students at Summitt Middle School were absent last week. Even 9NEWS Newspaper reporter Matt Renoux and his daughter have caught the flu.

"We are seeing a lot of activity in the community," said Sara Lopez and RN of the Summit County Health Department. "For this season, children from birth to four years are particularly affected by hospitalizations."

The CDC reports that this season the vaccination is effective at about 47%, the high season is yet to come.

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