Michigan dealing with an active flu season

1:53 PM, Jan 9, 2014   |    comments
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(WZZM) - Flu levels in Michigan have become a concern this season. The state Department of Community Health reports six deaths related to the virus since late December and the number of cases keeps growing.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, in just one week, the number of states with widespread flu activity has more than doubled.

Michigan still has only regional activity, but that could change.

In our state, the Department of Community Health says more than 90% of those who test positive for the flu have the H1N1 virus.

That's the virus that caused the pandemic back in 2009. The good news is, the vaccine makers were prepared.

"So far the main strain we're seeing is H1N1," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the CDC. "Fortunately that strain is well covered by every one of the flu vaccines out there."

The flu usually peaks in January or February. That's why the CDC and doctors around the country say it's important to get the flu vaccine.

More than 130 million doses of vaccine have been distributed around the country so far.

There are a couple of new versions of the vaccine available this year. Once you get it, it will take two weeks for it to take full effect.

To find a vaccination location near you, click here. To learn more about the different forms of the flu vaccine, click here.


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