Flu cases on the rise; H1N1 most prevalent strain

First case of flu confirmed in the city

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports a 3.2 percent hike in folks seeking medical care for flu-like illnesses.

People don't seem to be as sick as they were this time previous year, but state officials are warning this flu season could get worse soon.

Dr. Rodriguez says flu season is expected to last from now until the end of March.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 80,000 people died nationwide last flu season from the illness, which was the highest death toll in at least four decades.

"We got ours in September because we were going on vacation and we wanted to make sure we were covered", Hemshrot said.

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According to a Department of Public Health report, Kentucky now is reporting 1,457 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu. That's compared to 90 reported cases this time past year.

The flu vaccine is a combination vaccine against two strains of influenza A and one strain of influenza B.

While nearly half of the US population gets a flu vaccination annually, the CDC says the impact of influenza remains high. Children younger than 5 had the highest incidence of hospitalization, with 10 per 100,000 people.

Officials said that as the "season" continues to ramp up, it is important to take preventive steps to keep yourself healthy. "It is a vital precaution in preventing the spread of germs and in helping protect our community during flu season".

Even though flu season is well underway, it's not too late to get the flu vaccine, says Rock. Both of them were over 65 years old.

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The CDC recommends that people get a flu shot before the season actually begins, but if you didn't fall in that category this year, that's alright because vaccinations are still being offered right now during the peak of flu season.

27 people died from flu-related complications a year ago in Lexington.

The flu is now spreading throughout the United States, health officials said Friday.

To help promote personal health and wellness, get an annual flu vaccine.

Stay home when you are ill-especially do not visit the hospital if you have flu-like symptoms.

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