Flu hospitalizations triple, CDC calls Colorado flu outbreak 'widespread'

DENVER - Health officials say the number of people hospitalized because of the flu in Colorado tripled in two weeks.

Colorado Public Radio reports that 748 people were hospitalized as of Jan. 4, up from 263 as of Dec. 21.

At this time last year, 506 hospitalizations were reported.

The Centers for Disease Control says the flu is "widespread" in Colorado and 24 other states, that's the worst designation the CDC uses.

Colorado is in the middle of one of its worst flu seasons since 2009 and a large number of those ending up in the hospital are young adults who usually aren't as hard hit by the flu.

It is not too late to get a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control says influenza season can last into May.