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Early Flu Season Hits Michigan Hard

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The flu has been confirmed in 41 states, with 18 deaths across the country. Michigan is currently classified as "severe." The Michigan Department of Community Health has 285 confirmed cases of the flu in the state, but they say many cases go un-reporterd and un-diagnosed, so that number could be much higher.

Christopher Muschnoj says as more and more people were getting sick at work, he decided it was time to get a flu shot for himself, and his 3-year-old daughter.

"I tend to forget how serious the flu is. It's not like a cold. It can be complicated and it can be bad," said Muschonj.

 In the last two weeks, Ingham County's Immunization clinic has seen an increase in the number of people getting the flu shot. In just the last month, more than 680 people have got vaccinated.

"The flu actually peaks in Febuary, so it's never too late to come and get vaccinated. We vaccinate all the way through March, April, even May," said Wendy Ridenour, with the clinic.

Last year, Michigan had a very mild flu season, no pediatric deaths and a low volume of cases. But this year it's hitting hard and fast. There have already been three confirmed deaths and over the weekend, reports surfaced of a teen from Fenton who died from flu like symptoms.

 

Grief counselors were at Lake Fenton High School after the death of a freshman student who was hospitalized over the weekend. The student's death comes a week after a parent in the same district passed away after suffering from flu-like symptoms.

 

"The majority of the cases we have so far. The three strains have been in the flu shot," said Angela Minicuci with the department.

 

 

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