Health department confirms first case of flu in Pueblo County

PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. — Health officials announced the first confirmed case of influenza in Pueblo County on Tuesday.

The individual is an adult and was hospitalized, according to Kathy Nelson at the Pueblo City-County Health Department.

“Now is a good time to get the flu vaccine as the vaccine takes about two weeks for protection to set in,” Nelson said. “It is important for high-risk individuals with health problems, elderly, or babies under six months old, to avoid public events and crowds in order to decrease exposure to the virus.”

Symptoms of the flu start suddenly and might include fever (usually high), headache, tiredness (can be extreme), cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, chills and fatigue, and vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children).

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The Health Department will offer vaccines to uninsured adults by appointment by calling 71-9583-4380.

For additional protection during cold and flu season, health officials recommend washing hands often and covering a cough with a sleeve or a tissue.

They also recommend staying home when sick and keeping sick children home for at least 24 hours after the fever ends.