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Colorado reports 6 more deaths from flu

DENVER – Six more people have died from the flu in Colorado, bringing the total this season to 20, health officials said Wednesday.

It’s not yet clear how many of the most recent deaths were from swine flu, also known as H1N1, and how many were from seasonal flu.

The six new deaths were reported to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment last week. Officials posted the new totals online Wednesday but didn’t immediately return a call.

The department doesn’t disclose any information about the victims except their age range.

Officials said 183 more people were hospitalized with all types of flu last week, including 59 confirmed cases of swine flu.

That brings the total number of hospitalizations for all types of influenza to 1,058 since Aug. 30, including 578 confirmed swine flu cases.

More than 48 percent of those hospitalized with all types of flu in Colorado were 24 and younger, and seven of the 20 deaths were in that group.

Nationwide, swine flu is worst in that age group as well, accounting for more than half the hospitalizations for that strain.

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On the Net:

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment flu page: http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/dc/influenza/

Flu vaccine clinic locater: http://immunizecolorado.com/findAFluClinic.asp

Forty-eight percent of those hospitalized with all types of flu in Colorado were 24 and younger.

Nationwide, swine flu is worst in that age group as well, accounting for more than half the hospitalizations for that strain.


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