Health officials: Mesa County sees first flu hospitalization this season

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Mesa County Public Health on Wednesday said the community has already seen its first hospitalization due to the flu this season.

Health experts said the best way to avoid it is by getting the flu vaccine by the end of the October. Everyone six months of age or older are encouraged to get the vaccine. It can protect a single person and the people around them.

Mesa County Public Health said it will hold host an adult flu vaccination clinic on Oct. 18 and Oct. 25 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Services Building at 510 29 1/2 Road.

"The exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October," according to the Centers for Disease Control. "Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May."

Washing hands, avoiding contact with sick people and staying home if you are sick can help stop the spread of flu germs.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the flu from the Centers for Disease Control.

Contact your doctor to make an appointment for flu vaccination or call Mesa County Public Health at 970-248-6900.