Have you gotten a flu shot yet?
The state is urging people to do so before those holiday gatherings take place.
According to the latest numbers from the Michigan Department of Community Health, there have been 67 confirmed cases of the flu this season. Last year at this time, there were 34 confirmed cases.
“There is no way to predict what this flu season will hold, how severe it will be, or how long it will last,” said Dr. Matthew Davis, Chief Medical Executive with the MDCH. “This year’s National Influenza Vaccination Week provides an opportunity to remind people about the importance of an annual flu vaccine. Flu-related illnesses and deaths can be prevented by ensuring our children, families, and communities as a whole are protected each year.”
The peak of the flu season usually hits in January and February, so the state is encouraging people to get vaccinated now. It takes about two weeks after getting the flu vaccine to be fully protected against the flu virus.
The 2012-2013 flu season began early, was moderately severe, and lasted longer than recent flu seasons. There were seven influenza-associated pediatric deaths in Michigan last flu season, the highest number since reporting became mandatory in 2004.
Several places offer flu shots. To find a location near you, click on the link below.