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Flu Has More Than A Dozen On Life-Support At U Of M Hospital

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WLNS) - A severe strain of the flu is sweeping across the state and sending otherwise healthy people to the hospital.

"What's unusual about this flu season is that it seems to be starting very early and starting in a big volume, at least in this local area. It makes us concerned, not only locally, but across the state, of what may be a more severe flu season than we're accustom to," said Dr. Matthew Davis, who works at U of M.

 

Doctors typically see dozens of patients with the flu, but this year, they've seen hundreds, which is why the staff is now screening visitors. Those under the age of 12 are not allowed to visit patients who have the flu and adults with flu-like symptoms must wear masks.

One central Michigan child has already died and at the University of Michigan Hospital, more than a dozen otherwise health people are on life support because of the flu. Doctors say U of M patients who are on life-support either just got the vaccine or didn't get it at all.

"It's never too late to get your flu shot. It takes two weeks for the flu vaccine to be fully effective in your system and to fully protect you against those different strains. So we recommend you get it as soon as you possibly can," said Angela Minicuci, the public health information officer for the Michigan Department of Community Health.

Some local cases have been reported in Lansing hospitals. Doctors say they're afraid the flu will only get worse this season, especially as students head back to school.

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