This flu season the the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is also encouraging parents to get vaccinated against Whooping Cough.
The number of cases in Colorado was at 1171 as of Nov. 5. The majority of cases involved children 11 to 14 years old.
Pertussis or the Whooping Cough can be deadly when it infects infants.
"It's especially important for those who have contact with young children, who are more vulnerable to whooping cough. Childcare workers, healthcare workers, parents, grandparents and siblings of young children should all make sure they are up to date on their whooping cough vaccinations" said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, director of the Immunization Section at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The disease starts with cold-type symptoms: low-grade fever, runny nose and mild
Within two weeks, the cough becomes more severe.
To find out more about the symptoms and treatment, visit www.colorado.gov.
To get immunized for the flu and Whooping cough, contact your health care provider or visit flushot.healthmap.org to find a vaccination clinic near you.