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Increase In Flu Hospitalizations

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan health care providers are seeing an up-tick in flu hospitalizations this year because of a more serious strain of the sickness.

The Michigan Department of Community Healthy says the H1N1 strain is making more people sick.

But the department also says this year's flu vaccine targets the H1N1 strain.

There are 190 hospitalizations blamed on the flu so far this season, up from 115 last year.

 While adult flu deaths are not recorded, we do know a mid-Michigan baby died this season from the illness.

 9&10 News spoke with a local doctor's office today about the importance of getting vaccinated.

Some key tips on stopping the spread of the virus, in addition to getting the vaccine include:
  • Not going to work, or to school if you don't feel well.  
  • Wash your hands frequently, use hand sanitizers
  • Avoid touching face, nose and mouth: that is bringing the virus right to your face
Need help finding a place to get the shot? Follow the link posted on the left for the flu vaccine finder.
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