Viruses Pick Up Activity in Mid-Michigan

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

Health officials believe it was a stomach virus that caused Resurrection School in Lansing to have to close its doors last week for two days. And it seems this gastroenteritis is hitting others in the community.

But many people confuse gastroenteritis, more commonly referred to as the stomach flu, with what doctors call influenza, or the flu. Healthcare workers say the flu refers to a respiratory virus which normally presents with headache, sore throat, fever and chills. It's very rare for influenza to present with vomiting and diarrhea.

While there is no vaccine to protect against common stomach bugs, there is a flu shot to protect against the respiratory influenza. Healthcare workers say it is not too late to get a flu shot.

The Ingham County Health Department still has vaccine. They also want to remind parents if they brought their child in for his or hers first flu shot, and did not get the second dose yet, they can and should still do so.


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