H1N1 flu strain making a comeback…(Colo. Springs, Co.)

Friday, January 10, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Jakob Rodgers
Gazette.com
January 10, 2014

The influenza strain responsible for the 2009 worldwide pandemic appears to be making a comeback this year in Colorado, health officials say.

More Coloradans have been hospitalized for the flu so far this year than were hospitalized during the same period last year, and a majority of this year’s cases are attributable to the H1N1 flu strain that emerged in 2009, said Lisa Miller, a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment epidemiologist.

The majority of hospitalizations have been among the demographic that typically fares well during flu season.

Through Saturday, people ages 25 through 64 accounted for 56 percent of the hospitalizations across Colorado, according to the state health department.

Last year, 30 percent of hospitalizations were among that demographic.

“I wish I could explain flu every year and be able to predict it,” Miller said. “Every year, it’s a bit unique.”

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