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Flu Widespread Across Michigan

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State health officials have confirmed that a third Michigan child has died from complications of the flu. They say that lab-confirmed cases are up from 149 last week to 252 as of Wednesday.

The most recent case was a 6-year-old from southwestern Michigan. It comes from the same region a 6-month-old infant also died, along with a 13-year-old child from central Michigan.

The state says it's also aware of two adults killed by the flu virus this year.

"We don't typically confirm that volume of cases until February in Michigan, so we've had a much earlier start, a much higher start to the flu season than we typically do," said Angela Minicuci, with the Michigan Department of Community Health.

Right now, Michigan is one step below what the government considers widespread activity, surrounded by states already there.

"The majority of the cases that we've seen have matched up to the strains that are in the flu vaccine. So it may be that people have waited to get their flu shot and they've come in contact with the virus a little too late. But what people can do is get that flu vaccine because it's really going to protect them against the strains that are circulating right now," said Minicuci.

So far this flu season, the CDC reports 16 children across the nation have died from the flu. Last year, the total number recorded was 34.

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