Two Michigan children have died from the flu during this 2019-20 influenza season.
One child was from central Michigan, the other from southeast Michigan; both were under age 18. Both tested positive for influenza B. The state Department of Health, however, is investigating additional suspected pediatric influenza-associated deaths in Michigan.
Influenza B has been the dominant strain in 32 pediatric deaths reported as of this week. The Tuscola County Health Dept., however, reports a recent spike in the influenza A cases is being watched around the state and nation.
The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated for influenza. All available vaccine formulations this season contain A(H3N2), A(H1N1) and B/Victoria Virus strains. The county health dept. still has influenza vaccines available for all ages, by appointment, or on a walk-in basis. To schedule an appointment call 989-673-8116.
For more information about influenza, how to prevent the flu, symptoms and treatment as well as current flu activity and surveillance, visit www.cdc.gov/flu.