Flu season peaks in Colorado, but it's not over yet

DENVER - Flu season has peaked in Colorado, but it's not over yet.

Hospitalizations for the flu peaked the week of January 4, when 317 people were hospitalized, but hospitals still are seeing new cases of flu, according to officials at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Officials say that 317 flu-related hospitalizations are the second highest number of flu-related hospitalizations reported during a single week since tracking began nine years ago.

Health officials said the dominant strain this flu season has been H1N1, the same strain that caused the 2009 flu pandemic. This season’s flu vaccination protects against H1N1.

So far, 1,448 people in Colorado have been hospitalized for the flu this winter.