Flu numbers spike in mid-Michigan

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LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Spring may be inching closer, but the flu season isn’t over.

In Livingston County, Chelsea Moxlow with the Department of Public Health says there has been a major increase of influenza cases over the past few weeks.

“Our numbers have actually increased 11-fold in the past month from January to February,” Moxlow said.

In Clinton County, officials tell us there haven’t been any unusual flu spikes, while in Ingham County, Health Officer Linda Vail says there is a spike in flu cases, but it’s not unusual.

“Really what we’re seeing is a peak in flu season that is just a little bit later than what we typically see,” Vail said.

She said there’s no real explanation why the flu season spikes year to year.

“Flu viruses is a difficult virus to get a handle on,” Vail said. “It mutates. It changes.”

Moxlow says the spikes in Livingston County could be due to extreme changes in the weather, but Vail disagrees.

“We’ve had other mild winters and you know you don’t see necessarily a later peak associated with a mild winter,” Vail said.

However, one thing everyone can agree on is it’s not too late to vaccinate.

“The good news is that the flu shot is a good match for the strains of flu that are circulating and making people sick,” Moxlow said.

Regardless of the vaccine, some easy steps will help you and others stay healthy.

“Wash your hands. Cover your cough. Stay home when you’re sick,” Vail said.

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