Officials confirm 2 flu-related deaths of Michigan children

None of the new deaths reported had positive flu testing during the current week, officials said.

A total of 2,228 hospitalizations have been recorded statewide since September 1, according to the data. That's more than twice as many as all of last flu season but less than the 208 who died during the 2014-2015 flu season.

So far, 2,228 people have been hospitalized in the state due to the flu. MDHHS strongly recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m.to 3 p.m.

The health department says this year's flu shot is a "good match" for the viruses circulating across the state and if you get the vaccine now, it can still protect you this season.

That particular strain can be especially hard on children, young and middle-aged adults. Flu vaccine is the best way to prevent getting the flu and can also reduce the severity of flu illness.

Children younger than 6 months old are too young to be vaccinated and so it is important that people around them are vaccinated against the flu.

Last year, only 42% of MI residents were vaccinated against the flu, putting the state at 42nd in the country.

There is still plenty of flu vaccine available.

  • Joanne Flowers