Michigan named as state with high flu activity


(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Flu activity is on the rise in Michigan.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports Michigan is among 26 states reporting "high activity" right now.

Flu activity usually rises right after the holiday season, and this year is no different. Statewide, the Michigan Health Department says the number of people going to the doctor with flu-like symptoms has doubled in the past four weeks.

No flu-related deaths among children have been reported in Michigan, but 12 have died nationwide.

Doctors want to remind patients the flu spreads from person to person when someone infected sneezes or coughs. Sometimes it can spread if they touch a surface, like a doorknob, light switch or table.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, fatigue, cough and runny nose. You can be contagious up to five days after becoming sick.

Doctors say it is not too late to get the flu vaccine, and they recommend you do so if you have not.

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