This year's Colorado flu outbreak takes the life of a child.

It's the first flu-related child death in Colorado this season. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment hasn't released any details other than the child was younger than 18 months old and was old enough to be vaccinated, but wasn't.

It's not too late to get your flu shot. People are getting sick all across Colorado and here in the Grand Valley. For more information, contact the Mesa County Public Health Office at 970-248-6900.

Earlier this month St. Mary's Medical Center began restricting patient visitors. If you have symptoms including cough, fever, chills, aches and fatigue, you are asked to not visit patients. Children under the age of 18 were also banned from visiting patients.

According to this week's Colorado Flu Report, there have been 95 outbreaks and 2,055 hospitalizations since October 1st of 2017.

To avoid contracting the flu, remember these tips...

  • Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits.

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