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Flu on the rise in Vail Valley

Daily Staff Reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail Valley, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado Flu is increasing in the Vail Valley and Colorado health officials are reporting widespread influenza activity. The county health department is continuing to offer flu vaccinations and Epidemiologist Rebecca Larson said its not too late. Flu season usually peaks in February, although every year, flu cases are reported as late as May, she said. Flu is a highly contagious virus that is spread easily through coughing and sneezing. Although commonly mistaken for other illnesses, the influenza is distinct. Symptoms include high fever, chills, muscle aches and fatigue. Larson said those who get the flu can expect to be in bed for a few days. The flu is very serious for young children, older adults and people with compromised immune systems. Each year, the flu is responsible for approximately 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths in the United States. Larson reminds parents that children may need a second flu shot during the first two years of receiving the vaccination. Larson also dispels a widely held myth that flu shots cause the flu. Many years ago, the vaccine was made with a live virus and sometimes people did get mild symptoms of the flu. Todays flu shot uses an inactivated virus, which wont produce flu-like symptoms, Larson said. Flu vaccinations cost $20 for adults and $5 for children. To receive a vaccination, visit a public health clinic during the following days and hours: Avon Office: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2 to 4 p.m. 100 West Beaver Creek Blvd., 949-7026 Eagle Office: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2 to 4:30 p.m. Old Courthouse, 551 Broadway, 328-8840

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