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H1N1 cases in Colorado may be peaking

Jennifer Brown
The Denver Post

After 14 deaths and about 700 hospitalizations, health officials are optimistic – though not certain – that the first wave of H1N1 swine flu in Colorado is about to peak. Visits to doctors’ offices and emergency rooms are beginning to level off after reaching their highest points of the season the past two weeks.

Still, doctors worry about a second wave of flu – swine flu or seasonal flu or both at once – this winter.

That means no one should skip an H1N1 flu shot thinking it’s no longer necessary, physicians said.

“The concern is it could come back later this winter season and it could be even more virulent than it is now,” said Bev White, director of emergency and trauma services for Exempla Lutheran Medical Center.

The Wheat Ridge hospital is among many across the state restricting children and anyone with flu symptoms from visiting patients.

The point is to prevent kids from catching the flu at the hospital and to keep the virus, which is affecting children more than anyone else this fall, from entering the building.

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_13564287

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