Michigan Health Department Reports 434 Flu Cases

LANSING (WWJ) – More people in Michigan are getting the flu.

The latest information from the Michigan Health Department released Friday morning shows 445 confirmed cases of the flu.

That’s more than 100 more cases than a week ago. The health department says there is “widespread” flu activity in Michigan.

The latest state numbers come just days after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control announced the flu had reached epidemic level across 47 states.  As of this week, the only states that weren’t reporting flu outbreaks are California, Mississippi and Hawaii.

Health officials recommend everyone age 6 months and up get a flu vaccine — and it’s not too late.  The only people who shouldn’t get a flu shot are those allergic to eggs or the flu vaccine; those who had a serious reaction to flu vaccine in the past; those who have previously developed Guillain-Barre syndrome within six weeks of getting a flu shot; and anyone who currently has a fever.  (Where to get your flu shot).

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness with symptoms that include fever, headache, fatigue, cough, stuffy or runny nose and muscle aches. 

Health officials say you can help prevent the spread of flu by following these guidelines:

·         Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, keep your distance from people to prevent them from getting sick.

·         Stay home and away from work, school and public places when sick.

·         Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Properly dispose of used tissue in a waste receptacle.

·         If tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve.

·         Wash your hands with soap and warm water to protect you from germs.

·         Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when unable to wash your hands but do not use it as a replacement for proper hand washing.

·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth which can spread viruses.

For more information about seasonal flu, visit www.michigan.gov/mdch.

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