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The Oakland County Health Division has confirmed 484 cases of the flu in the county since the beginning of flu season on Oct. 6, 2019. Additionally, 16 hospitalizations and two adult influenza deaths have been reported to OCHD as of Jan. 4.

The health department also gave 6,228 flu vaccinations.

“I can tell you that Michigan lags behind the national vaccination rate. Last flu season, only 46.1 percent of Michiganders reported receiving a flu vaccine, below the national rate of 49.2 percent,” said Lynn Sutfin, public information officer for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. “CDC came up with this information via phone surveys.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that seasonal flu activity in the United States is high and continues to increase. Activity has been elevated for eight weeks, as of Dec. 28.

Flu symptoms include:

  • fever
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • runny/stuffy nose
  • muscle aches
  • chills
  • fatigue
  • a weak or compromised immune system