Statewide, at least 37 people have been hospitalized with influenza so far this season, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which is down considerably from past year when there were at least 210 hospitalizations about this time.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) has observed a higher number of babies and children being reported with influenza this year.
More than 3.4 million extra doses were made available, allowing more than 85 per cent of people aged 65 and older to be protected. Typically, clinicians and hospitals rely on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Evidently, some of the main reasons why they do not want to get vaccinated include concerns over the side effects or the actual efficacy of the flu vaccine, while others are merely not anxious that they will catch the flu.
"At the parish health units, we have extended the evening hours to better allow people to get their shot after they leave school or work", said Dr.
UCHealth experts caution Coloradoans not to be fooled by the slow start to this flu season and encourage people to protect themselves.
In total, 52,000 cases of the flu were reported in 2018, compared with almost 250,000 cases in the same period previous year.
And, communicating the concept of "herd immunity" improves an individual's willingness to get vaccinated.
It was the 20th pediatric flu death recorded in MS since pediatric flu deaths became reportable during the 2008-09 flu season. "If we don't get vaccinated, we are needlessly putting ourselves at risk of serious illness, but we are also gambling with the health of children and others around us who can't get vaccinated".
Experts say flu activity will likely increase between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so the health department says there is still time to get a flu shot to avoid the illness.
She called flu shots "safe and the most important action people can take to help prevent getting ill with influenza and passing it on to others". Furthermore, the vaccine's side effects are minor, and it does not cause the flu, as is believed by 31 percent of those who are not planning to get the flu vaccine. These measures include covering your mouth when coughing and sneezing, staying at home when you or your children are sick and washing your hands frequently.