Unfortunately, flu season hit the ground running and the influenza virus is usually high in certain states for this time of year. Alabama, California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, and South Carolina are all reporting widespread cases of the flu. This is a stark contrast to last year, where zero states reported widespread activity during this time.
Is Michigan Far Behind?
Luckily, the current flu code for Michigan is ‘minimal’ with ‘local activity’. However, the organization responsible for tracking influenza cases, the Michigan Disease Surveillance System, indicates it’s ramping up. The number of cases tracked has more than doubled in one week. So it’s important to practice proper hygiene to stay healthy.
Will Flu Season Be Worse Than Usual?
Well, it’s hard to say. Flu season is notoriously unpredictable, and it’s not off to a good start. Take Australia, for instance. Their winter takes place sooner than in the states and they had an early and severe flu season. Now, of course, we can’t say with certainty the same thing will happen here, but so far there are some parallels. Four children have died from flu-like illnesses and flu activity has been trending above the national baseline so far this season.
What Can I Do To Stay Healthy?
I highly recommend that everyone older than six months get a flu shot. Those especially vulnerable to flu-related complications like dehydration and pneumonia are the very old and very young. So it is especially important to avoid the flu if you care for either of these groups. The best thing you can do is be vigilant about washing hands, coughing into your elbow, and staying home when you’re sick. Taking these precautions can help lower the risk of getting and spreading the flu for everyone.