The Mesa County Health Department is warning parents to make sure children are up to date on immunizations. Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, influenza, R.S.V. and Chicken Pox have all been detected in Mesa County and can be detrimental to even a healthy child. That's why health officials say it's important to keep up on vaccinations.
160 cases of Pertussis have been reported in Mesa County since August, a significant increase from last season when only three cases were confirmed.
Officials with the Mesa County Health Department say the flu season has been relatively mild, however the virus has arrived on the Western Slope. So far, 12 people have had to be hospitalized as a result of the flu.
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