by Pam Zubeck
The flu season apparently is in full swing, with the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment reporting two infants have been hospitalized.
“We expect to see an increase in flu activity throughout the holidays and encourage everyone to get vaccinated and be conscientious about practicing flu prevention behaviors. These reported hospitalizations serve as a reminder of the seriousness of flu especially in infants,” Bernadette Albanese, the department's medical director, said in a release.
To protect yourself, the department recommends:
— Get vaccinated
— Stay home if you are sick with flu symptoms, and keep your sick kids home too. You should not return to work or school until 24 hours after a fever ends without the help of fever-reducing medicines.
— Wash your hands frequently.
— Cough or sneeze into a tissue or a sleeve.
— Stay away from others who are sick.
Anyone six months and older can get vaccinated. Those at highest risk for developing flu are children under 2 years, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, people with chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes, nursing home residents and health care workers.
This flu season isn't looking to be as bad as the previous two seasons when hospitalizations in El Paso County totaled 102 in the 2008-09 year and 188 in the 2009-2010 year through May.
Check here for statewide flu reports.