Serious cases of the flu, including H1N1, continue to be a problem in West Michigan and across the state.

However, overall reports of flu-like illness are declining.

Last week, the Kent County Health Department reported the fourth death from the flu this season.

WXMI reports:

According to the latest data from Jan. 23, there have been 522 reported flu cases in Kent County this season.  Four people, all over the age of 50, have died.

The three previous cases were H1N1. The initial test in this death confirms influenza A, but not the strain, according to a release.

The flu is still a serious problem in Michigan, but overall cases are decreasing.

The chart below shows the steady decline we've seen in the flu over the past few weeks and compares this flu season to others.

We're not out of the woods yet, but hoping that this is a good sign.

Read the full report from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

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