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Flu sends three times more people to hospital


​DENVER -- There is a good reason is may seem like half the people you know have the flu. State health official say Colorado has three to four times more hospitalizations from the flu than usual.
 
The Colorado Flu Report states 566 people have been hospitalized this flu season, which is up from about 150 on average by mid-December, according to the state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy. 
 
Herlihy said the H3N2 strain is particularly severe and has resulted in more hospitalizations, especially for older people, who are often sent to the hospital because of trouble breathing or a fever that won't go away.
 
"You're feeling fine, you're feeling fine and then 'boom,'" said Dr. Michelle Barron, the Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at University of Colorado Hospital. "You have fever. You have body aches. You might have a cough that develops or a sore throat, and you feel pretty wiped out."