Flu On The Rise Across Michigan: Still Time To Get Vaccinated

Flu On The Rise Across Michigan: Still Time To Get Vaccinated

Flu On The Rise Across Michigan: Still Time To Get Vaccinated

27 people died from flu-related complications past year in Lexington. "The main thing right now is to get vaccinated", Lynnette Brammer, head of the CDC's domestic influenza surveillance team said.

In 1918, H1N1 flu killed 50 million people around the world. And the CDC has confirmed one child in MI has died. "There were just a lot more cases", she said. Nearly all flu cases have been influenza A, and of those they were able to test in detail, most were the H1N1 virus subtype.

"There's a lot of sort of random chance - depends who gets the flu, what else they're sick with - but I'm certainly really glad to see that the number of deaths does appear to be a lot lower than they were past year at this point". When that strain predominated, almost 1 million Americans were hospitalized and 80,000 died. Last year, flu killed 185 children, the highest number of pediatric flu deaths in a regular flu season, according to the CDC.

"We recommend the flu shot because the virus is dead in the shot; the virus is still living in the nasal spray", said Thompson.

"We've seen some increases in a couple different parts of the state, particularly the southeast and southwest regions of the state", she said.

Avoid bringing children under the age of 12 to hospitals when possible. People like Gene Hemshrot says he and his wife have gotten the flu shot every year for the past 20. "I expect activity to continue for several more weeks".

You can not get the flu from the injectable vaccine given to most adults. Still, most Albertans don't get vaccinated.

At-risk groups include people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and those with chronic illnesses.

Health experts say although vaccination is the number one prevention when it comes to protecting you and your family from the flu, it's not the only way to stay safe from it. "So you get A circulating and then towards the end you start seeing some B activity", he said. It takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop, but you'll be ready for when the flu peaks which is usually late January, early February. The bad news is that there's a long way to go.

The Centers for Disease Control says the dominant strain this year is H1N1.

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