Flu concerns mount in Larimer Co. after Centennial HS cancels classes

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LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — There’s concern about a possible flu outbreak in Larimer County.

Nearly two dozen people have been hospitalized because of the flu in the last two months, and county officials have seen a rapid growth of those hospitalizations in the past two weeks.

On Friday of last week, classes at Centennial High School had to be canceled because half of the school’s 165 students and over half of the faculty called in sick, reporting stomach or respiratory virus issues.

Classes in the Poudre School District, of which Centennial is a part, have not been canceled due to illness in at least four years. As of Monday, classes were back in session.

Outside of the issues at Centennial, most of those reporting flu-like symptoms in Larimer County have been at least 65 years of age. The majority of the elderly who have been experiencing those symptoms in recent weeks seem to have contracted H3N2, a more serious strain of the flu than H1N1.