Flu season passes its peak in Colorado

Flu-related hospitalizations peaked in Colorado on the week ending January 4, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said on Wednesday, though officials warn the season is not yet over.

The CDPHE said the 2013-14 flu season peaked during the first week of January with 317 flu-related hospitalizations. The number represented Colorado's second highest number of flu-related hospitalizations reported in a single week since tracking started nine years ago. In 2009, there were 355 hospitalizations reported during the week ending on October 17, 2009.

By the week ending on February 8, there were a total of 1,448 flu-related hospitalizations reported in Colorado during the season. During the 2012-13 flu season, there were 1,530 hospitalizations from flu, with the last hospitalization occurring in May.

Officials with the CDPHE said the flu season is not over and urged Coloradans to take measures to stop the disease from spreading. Such measures include getting vaccinated, washing their hands frequently, covering their cough and staying home from work if they are sick.

The dominant strain of flu during the 2013-14 season has been H1N1, which is the same strain that caused the 2009 flu pandemic. Officials said this season's flu vaccination protects against H1N1