Flu claims the lives of two children in Michigan

The flu virus is back with a vengeance this year, claiming the lives of two children in Michigan within the past week.

One of the victims was a six-month-old infant from southwest Michigan, and the other was a 13-year-old from the center of the state.

While children younger than six months cannot get a vaccine, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) recommends that everyone above six-months old receive a seasonal flu vaccine each year.

James K. Haveman, Director of the MDCH. “Hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized with flu each year. Vaccination is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves and our families against infection. It's not too late to get vaccinated before Michigan’s flu season peaks.”

But one vaccine may not be enough. The MDCH says that some children between six-months and eight-years old require an additional dose of the influenza vaccine. Michigan’s Care improvement Registry (MCIR) can be used by family doctors, local health departments, pharmacy or other health care providers, to determine whether a second dose is recommended for a child.

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