Flu Symptoms Surge in Mid-Michigan

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

Flu activity in mid-Michigan is getting fast and furious.

"We have had people in non-stop since 8:00 this morning," said Ruby Rodgers, Disease Control Manager at Ingham County Health Department.

"It's a race against the virus," said Dr. Dean Sienko of the Ingham County Health Department.

For the Ingham County Health Department, the influx of flu patients is evident, and Dr. Sienko says it's all attributed to swine flu.

"We are seeing quite a bit of influenza like illness for this time of the year, almost all of that is the swine flu," Sienko said.

"We are seeing an increase in flu suspects," said Robin Roach of Sparrow Hospital's Infection Prevention and Epidemiology.

Roach says they're also seeing cases of flu-like symptoms soar to heights that are uncommon this early in the year.

"We believe that 99 percent of what we're seeing in terms of the positive test results are probably as a result of H1N1 influenza, not seasonal flu," Roach said.

But the health department is expecting doses of the swine flu vaccine to be shipped by the end of this week at the latest.

"We will be distributing it to the priority areas, to pediatric offices, OB/GYNS, others who hit the priority group," Sienko said.

As expected, doctors say they are in fact seeing more swine flu cases in particular populations.

"This swine flu appears to be effecting the younger population, for the most part when I'm looking at the average age of the people getting ill, it's about 20 years of age," Roach said.

But until the vaccine arrives, it's back to the basics, hand washing and staying home.

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  • by Susan Location: Macomb, MI on Oct 20, 2009 at 04:20 AM
    It is far from reckless; it's about the only reporting that is the truth! See http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/ You will note that the "swine flu" is now called "2009H1N1" and that virtually everything reported/tested at the CDC is 2009 H1N1. The news media is not doing its homework. Swine flu is everywhere right now.
  • by me Location: Lansing on Oct 13, 2009 at 11:20 AM
    Well, I don't believe the doctor's are testing like they should either. My whole family became sick with flu like symptons and then went to the doctor. We were told, oh you don’t have the Swine Flu. If you had that, you’d know it cause you would be a whole lot sicker than you are now. Um, we don’t go to the doctor unless we are really, really sick. So what does that tell you, about our doctors! They are a joke.
  • by Katie Location: DeWitt, MI on Oct 13, 2009 at 05:12 AM
    After seeing this on the news this morning, I have to believe that this is reckless reporting. There is no way physicians believe that 99% are H1N1 cases. How many cases is an "uptick?" I don't believe a good physician would jump to this conclusion and then proclaim it to the media without proof. Declaring that 99% of people with flu symtoms have H1N1 is a foolish thing to do when this is a such a inflamatory subject. Have these people been tested for H1N1? I think this was meant to scare people and further fuel a panic. This station should be ashamed to recklessly report this kind of information without more details.
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