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Doctors See Spike In Influenza Cases

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Flu season has just begun, but doctors here in mid-Michigan are already seeing a spike in patients testing positive for influenza.



"It's not just having the influenza, as miserable as the disease is, the problem is that there's complications occurring in 20, 30, 40 year olds, as it did in 2009," said Carol Piesik, a physician assistant at Lansing Urgent Care.


Over the past month, health officials say they've seen a serious spike. Some have become so severe, patients have been sent to the emergency room, some even on life-support. This year's strain is already blamed for the death of three adults and one child.


"It's a very tragic death, especially when you know there's a vaccination out there that could protect the illness," said Angela Minicuci, a public information officer at the Michigan Department of Community Health.

Doctors worry the flu hasn't peaked and they say these below average temperatures don't help.

"The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, but we also recommend people washing your hands, washing down counter tops or washing down surfaces people commonly touch," said Minicuci.

Doctors say many patients who end up at the doctor either didn't get the flu shot or didn't get it in time. It takes two weeks for the vaccination to become fully effective, so get it as soon as you can.

For more information on where flu shots are available, visit Seen on 6.

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