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MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – This is National Influenza Vaccination Week and the Michigan Department of Community Health is recommending that everyone in Michigan 6 months and older get a flu shot.
Health officials say national estimates show roughly 42 percent of people over the age of six months got a flu shot last year, while Michigan’s rate was just under 39 percent.
Flu activity in Michigan has been sporadic so far this season, however reports of laboratory-confirmed flu cases have been documented across the state and are starting to increase.
Community Health Director James Haveman says flu viruses are constantly changing which is why people need to protect themselves and their families with an annual flu vaccine to prevent the flu and the flu-related complications that could lead to hospitalization and even death.
Each year it’s estimated that more than 200,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized because of flu-related complications.
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