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Macomb County Sees Rise in Flu Symptom Cases

Reports of flu-like symptoms rose from last year at this time, according to the Macomb County Health Department.

This flu season has affected thousands of Macomb County residents, with more reported cases than last year at this time, according to the Macomb County Health Department.

There were 1,580 reports of flu-like symptom cases during the second week of December, up from the previous week of 1,211 and 1,069 in the last week of November, according to the department's latest available statistics on Thursday.

None of those cases in Macomb County were fatal and they do not specify how many were children or adults. They also do not represent influenza cases unreported by individuals since much of the information comes from schools and hospitals. They do reflect, however, more reported flu-like cases than last year or two years prior at this time.

“They’re a little bit higher than this time of year, as opposed to the last two years,” Dr. Kevin Lokar, medical director for the Macomb County Health Department, said Thursday.

Lokar noted though that the seasonal flu might just peak earlier this year.  The typical influenza season spans from December to March, he said.

The Michigan Department of Community Health confirmed three children died after contracting influenza in other parts of Michigan this flu season. The department does not report adult deaths, according to MLive.

Flu shots, hygiene aim to fight off influenza

Lokar points out that it’s not too late to get vaccinated. The county health department is among the places that offer flu shots. Testing on this year’s seasonal influenza shows matches within the vaccine offered, he said.

The flu shot is recommended for everyone six months and older. It does not cause sickness but has been shown to prevent the flu, Lokar said.

“Some people feel that it causes the flu and it doesn’t,” he said.

Basic hygiene, such as coughing into a tissue and hand-washing, are among tips for flu prevention. People with the flu are encouraged to stay home to rest to avoid spreading it.

For further information about influenza, visit the Macomb County Health Department or Michigan Department of Community Health. Find additional places that offer the vaccine in St. Clair Shores here.

Jimmy January 05, 2013 at 12:29 PM
I've found that the Macomb County Health Department, Southeast Center in St Clair Shores, is a great resource for people of limited income; who are striving to maintain their health.
Kari Arnone January 05, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Sunrise Assisted Living residents received the flu shot & they are being quarantined. It's apparent w/e flu shot being given this year, is not the right one. Keep that in mind if you plan on getting it.
debby January 05, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Yes, my daughter is sick with it now and DID get the flu shot in September, she is really sick, 15 years old breaking my heart!

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