Manning NFL MVP
Peyton Manning’s record-setting season earned him his 5th Associated Press NFL MVP award last night in a landslide. No other player has won more than three. The record-setting quarterback, who threw for 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards in leading the Broncos to the AFC’s best record, earned 49 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. New England quarterback Tom Brady got the other vote. Manning won his other MVPs with Indianapolis in 2003, `04, `08 and `09. He also was the runner-up last season to Adrian Peterson. Manning still trails several Hall of Famers for total MVPs in their sport. Wayne Gretzky won nine NHL MVPs, Barry Bonds owns seven in baseball, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won six in the NBA. He also took the AP’s Offensive Player of the Year award for the second time.
It’s Not Too Late to Get Vaccinated for the Flu
Following a December surge in hospitalizations for influenza, state health officials say it’s not too late to get vaccinated. The number of flu hospitalizations this season jumped to 448 to date, compared to 373 at this time last year.
“The surge in hospitalizations due to flu is concerning,” said Dr. Lisa Miller, state epidemiologist at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “We normally see higher flu numbers among the young and elderly, but this year there are more cases among people ages 25 to 64. We encourage anyone who hasn’t been immunized this year to get a flu vaccination now.”
Last year, people ages 25 to 64 accounted for 30 percent of all cases; right now those people make up 57 percent of all cases.
Though Colorado doesn’t formally track flu deaths among adults, thousands of people in the U.S. die every year due to influenza.
The best way to protect yourself is to get immunized. It takes about two weeks after the vaccination for your body to build the antibodies to protect you from flu. State health officials also encourage you to avoid the flu by
washing your hands frequently;
coughing and sneezing into the crook of your arm, rather than uncovered or in your hand;
avoiding people with respiratory illness;
staying home from work or school when sick, returning only after a fever has subsided for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medication.
Everyone six months of age and older should receive a flu vaccine. People at high risk of serious complications from seasonal influenza include those 65 years and older, children younger than five years, pregnant women and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions.
The flu vaccine is widely available at doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments and local pharmacies. Treatment with antiviral medications also is available, and is particularly recommended for patients with severe disease, hospitalized patients or patients with a high risk of complications.
High School Sports Over The Weekend:
Hayden girls lost to Rangely 38-30
Hayden girls fell to Meeker 78-33
Hayden boys Rangely
Hayden boys Meeker
SoRoCo girls beat Rangely 68-23
SoRoCo boys defeated Rangely 50-43
The Meeker boys beat SoRoCo 61-48
The Meeker girls defeated SoRoCo 60-31
Little Snake River Valley girls beat HEM 41-30
Little Snake River Valley girls Encampment
Little Snake River Valley boys defeated HEM 61-40
Little Snake River Valley boys beat Encampment 62-38
Steamboat boys fell to Rifle 45-35
Steamboat girls lost to Rifle 50-35
Moffat Counties games in Gunnison were postponed.
Moffat County’s home games against Olathe were postponed, and will be made up tomorrow night (2/3). The girls play at 6 and the boys at 7:30.
Steamboat lost to Regis Jesuit 3-1
Steamboat’s game against Palmer was postponed.
In nordic skiing:
Steamboat Vail meet