CDC: Flu cases on the rise in the US

Indiana sees its 3rd flu death of the season

Indiana sees its 3rd flu death of the season

So far, the MDHHS says MI has only experienced localized flu activity but still advises anyone older than six months get a flu vaccine. That's because flu cases are on the rise.

"While we're seeing fewer flu cases this season, everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated since the flu season could last through April and even May", Wooten said.

"Getting vaccinated protects you as well as the people around you, including those who are more vulnerable, like babies and young children, elderly people and people with chronic health conditions", state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a news release. Evidently, Influenza A viruses have predominated the country since the beginning of October, but they are co-circulating the country with Influenza B viruses as well.

Here in NY, 5,400 people have had the flu since flu season began in October.

The 2017-2018 flu season was the most deadly flu season in decades, with over 80,000 deaths, 185 of which were pediatric deaths.

The flu causes an often severe fever.as well as headaches and coughing. Many people people become ill suddenly and recover within a few weeks with rest. Subsequently, the Governor signed legislation codifying this order into law, meaning that now any person age 2 or older can be administered the flu vaccine by a pharmacist. "Because flu vaccination is the best way to prevent death and hospitalization due to the flu, people not yet vaccinated this season should get a flu vaccination as soon as possible". Flu activity generally peaks between December and February.

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