Flu season appears in West Michigan; doctors urge flu shot

Flu season appears in West Michigan; doctors urge flu shot

Flu season appears in West Michigan; doctors urge flu shot

"With the increase in influenza impacting many communities across the entire state, it is important to get a flu shot now if you have not done so already", said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. It's much more severe than sniffles and a cough.

A woman in her 50s died of the flu in December, making her the first flu-related death of the season in the area.

In fact, state health officials say it's not the typical flu season - and that it's worse than in some years past.

Flu vaccine is available in many locations, including doctors' offices, health departments, pharmacies, health centers and travel clinics, as well as at many employers and schools.

According to a release from the Moose Factory Health Centre, several other people are exhibiting flu-like symptoms but have not been swabbed yet. We're continuing to see more and more influenza activity. He said it's only cold weather that can be connected to more illnesses. "We all need to take appropriate precautions against getting the flu", Matyas said. The flu vaccine was only 10 percent effective against H3N2 in Australia, but the CDC says that it will likely be 30 percent effective against the virus here.

Any strain of flu, including Aussie flu, can be risky for people who are vulnerable to it, such as the elderly. In previous years, 90 percent of those children who died after contracting the flu had not been inoculated against the disease.

Everyone 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated against the flu.

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Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in young children than in adults. The best way to avoid the flu is with a vaccination. Second, don't go to work sick. Germs spread this way. You can also cover your coughs and sneezes with your sleeves if you do not have a tissue available.

Solano County Health & Social Services will be providing free influenza vaccines at the KROC Center, 586 East Wigeon Way, Suisun City from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. January 27.

Individuals in the high-risk groups that experience symptoms of flu, should contact their health care provider early in the illness, experts say.

Get a flu shot - this will protect you against the flu virus, which will be especially critical if you are infected with some other virus.

It does take a couple of weeks for those antibodies to develop, so some people may get sick soon after getting the shot. Vaccine effectiveness varies for the different strains each year.

Venessa Vidovich, supervising public health nurse for Shasta County, said her department tracks the spread of the illness through voluntary sentinel providers.

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