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Two people have died and more than a 100 have been sent to the hospital because of the flu in Southern Colorado

By Carl Winder, Multimedia Journalist, carl.winder@krdo.com
Published On: Jan 08 2014 12:42:01 AM CST

Two people have died and more than 100 have been sent to the hospital because of the flu. Southern Colorado doctors feel this is only the tip of the iceberg.

PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. -

The flu claims another life in Southern Colorado.

Two people have died and 41 others are in the hospital because of the flu in Pueblo County, while El Paso County has 101 people hospitalized and no deaths.

Amy Voss took her child for a check up at the Pueblo City-County Health Department.

When she heard there was a flu outbreak, she decided staying at home would be the best option. 

"I have a child with medical needs, so for us the flu would mean two weeks in the hospital," Voss said.

Symptoms of the flu include fevers, chills, headaches, severe muscle or bone aches and coughing.

Dr. Chris Nevin-Woods said staying at home would be the best option, if you have underlying symptoms like asthma or diabetes.

"If you're a person that smokes and you have emphysema, and you're on oxygen all the time, you're going to be more susceptible to getting the flu," she said.

She feels it is a tough year in Pueblo County.

"It looks like it's going to be a concerning year in terms of number of cases and sick people," Nevin-Woods said.

She said the hospitalized patients are between 24 to 64-years-old and normally they are either very young or elderly.

Nevin-Woods does have tips on how to avoid the flu.

"Get a flu shot, it's not too late and it can help, and wash your hands throughout the day," she said.

There's a flu vaccine clinic tomorrow at the Parkview Medical Center's Pueblo West location on 899 E. Industrial Blvd.

It's happening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

It cost $15, but it is free for Medicare B patients.

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