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Flu Cases Rise, Severity Increases

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Flu activity continues to soar across the state and health officials warn it's also getting more severe.

New numbers released by the state health department show nearly 220 people have tested positive for influenza. That number is down from last year, but officials say hospitalizations have more than doubled.

"Now we're at 224. That's a lot of hospitalizations for the state of Michigan, that's why we're so concerned," said Angela Minicuci, public health information officer with the Michigan Department of Community Health. 

Last year, less than 100 people statewide received hospital treatment. Locally, Sparrow Hospital doctors say they've treated more than 40 people and 15 cases were so severe, patients ended up in intensive care.

Flu symptoms include, "high temperature, usually 101, 102, a bad cough where you think you have pneumonia and a lot of muscle aching," said Dr. Barrett Zink, the medical director at Hayes Green Beach Urgent Care.

"In particular, they are the H1N1 strain, which is what we saw back in 2009 that caused a huge pandemic," said Dr. Mary Ann Tran, an infectious disease physician at Sparrow.

This season's shot contains the H1N1 strain, but not many people have gotten the shot. They say we haven't seen the peak of the flu season, so there's still time to get it.

Tips to help keep you and your family safe include:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly
  2. Drink plenty of water
  3. Get a good nights sleep
  4. Get the flu shot
To find out where the flu shot is available near you, type in your zip code to the flu vaccine finder.
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