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In light of the Centers for Disease Controls recent declaration of a flu epidemic, local hospitals in Kent County have issued a joint news advisory. This, through the Kent County Health Department.  Until further notice, local hospitals are limiting visitation to their hospitals. 

“The goal is to limit the impact that flu has on our collective patients as a community.  So it really is to help protect the patients in all our hospitals as a collective healthcare community.”

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A big reminder today from area health officials that it’s not too late to get your flu shot.  News comes from the Kent County Health Department among others as the Centers for Disease Control reports flu is now widespread throughout Michigan.

“Even though the flu shot does not always prevent the flu, it really can lessen the severity and the duration. And there’s still time to get your flu shot, if you haven’t done so.”

Flu vaccine syringe
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Flu season is officially here, and Michigan health agencies are urging residents to keep their flu vaccinations up to date for adults and children.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says three pediatric deaths occurred from the flu last year.

It says vaccination rates for Michigan children ages five to 12 experienced a "significant" drop last year, to 52 percent.

The department says children, seniors and those with chronic health conditions are at increased risk of catching the flu.