The county health department is predicting a moderately severe flu season in Michigan during 2013.
Washtenaw County Public Health officials are urging residents to get inoculated for the influenza virus, warning that this year's flu season could be longer and more severe than previous years. Four children in Michigan have died already from complications associated with the virus. Joshua Polenha, 15, a student at Lake Fenton High School, died earlier this week, according to Fenton Patch. Across the state, 285 cases of influenza have been confirmed by state labs, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Eighty percent of those cases were due to the H3N2 strain of the virus, which health officials say can cause more severe symptoms, especially in children and older adults. "We are still not sure what the season will look like," Susan …
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
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- John Ness
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Saline that offer the vaccine: CVS Phamacy Jensen's Community Pharmacy More locations According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country. Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee – are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The flu season normally peaks in January and February. Holiday travel and more time spent indoors due to soggy weather will contribute to the spread of the flu virus, so now is the time to get vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following information: