MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – Health officials say flu season has hit early and hard. The Upper Peninsula has been no exception.

According to Dr. David Shahbazi with UP Health System – Marquette Family Medicine the main strain he is seeing is influenza-A. Though that could change as the season continues.

Symptoms include fever, body aches, chills and a prolonged cough.

What makes this illness so contagious is how it’s spread according to Shahbazi.

“The way to prevent getting the flu is, of course, by not being around people who are sick. But the problem with the influenza virus is it starts becoming contagious 24 hours before you get ill. That’s how it spreads. So if our community, if most people are immunized, then we’re all benefiting from that.”

State officials also suggest staying home when sick. Doctors can prescribe medication that can shorten and lesson the effect of the flu.

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