Flu season gets an early start in the Upper Peninsula

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Right now Michigan is considered by the Center for Disease Control to be in widespread status as it relates to the flu.

Usually the Upper Peninsula doesn’t see much of the flu until after Christmas, but this year cases were popping up around Thanksgiving according to the Marquette County Health Department. Along with the early start, the Health Department says there have already been two different types of flu seen in Marquette County.

Officials are encouraging people to get the flu shot and want to remind you that the flu vaccine itself does not cause the flu. Jean Reynolds, an RN, Public Health Nurse and Marquette County Health Department Clinic Coordinator says that is the most common myth she hears about the flu vaccine.

“That’s a really hard one because if someone gets a true flu, true influenza, after getting a flu vaccine, they’re of course going to blame it on the flu vaccine,” she said. “The vaccine itself cannot cause illness in people, because it’s an inactivated virus. There’s really no way for it to cause illness in people.”

There are a couple of side effects associate with a flu shot including a sore arm at the site of injection,because it is a muscular shot, and running a slight fever or having body aches in the 24 to 48 hours after receiving the vaccine.

Aside from the flu shot they are a couple of preventative measures to take to avoid the flu. Maintaining personal hygiene and washing your hands regularly help. And if you are sick, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading the flu to others.

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