MESA COUNTY, Colo. We haven't hit the peak of flu season yet and Colorado is already seeing a surge in flu activity.
The number of flu hospitalizations jumped to 448 compared to 373 at this time just last year in Colorado. This year there are more cases among young people ages 25 to 64, making up 57% of all reported cases.
Health officials at the Grand Junction VA Medical Center say it is important for everyone to get vaccinated, especially pregnant women, as they are more susceptible to the flu.
"A flu shot also protects the unborn child for up to six months after birth and it's very good for the child also because a newborn cannot get the flu shot until they are six months old," said Pam Schultz, Program Manager of Women Veterans Health Care at the VA Medical Center in Grand Junction.
So far in Mesa County, 13 hospitalized cases of influenza have been reported. The VA Medical Center offers free flu shots to Veterans during the week from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.