Sunday, January 2, 2011

Utah expecting flu season to peak in coming weeks


 FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — Utah health officials are encouraging flu shots after seeing an increase in hospitalizations and new cases in Europe.
The Standard Examiner of Ogden says Davis County health director Lewis R. Garrett suspects influenza season will peak in the next few weeks.
Cases tend to increase after holiday gatherings and children return to school.
Weber County reported seven flu-related hospitalizations this month. Three involved children.
Those numbers are down significantly from 2009, when 107 Weber County residents were hospitalized with the flu through October.
Davis County reported five hospitalizations this month, including three children.
Flu season typically peaks in January and February, but can extend through March.
Officials say vaccines are available.

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