The Colorado state health department is encouraging people to get flu shots before winter. Flu season typically peaks in January after the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. Active germs become prevalent during events with a lot of people, like family gatherings. During last year’s flu season, 3,340 Coloradans were hospitalized with the flu, and two children died. This year, twenty people in the state have been hospitalized with the flu since August 1st, about double the number of cases the state usually sees during this time period. Along with getting the vaccination, people are encouraged to avoid close contact with those who are sick, wash hands often, and disinfect surfaces that may be contaminated. Northwest Colorado Health is offering drop in flu clinics through November 16th. For more information on the flu clinics, call 824-8233 in Craig or 879-1632 in Steamboat.