Reports of flu-like illness declined in Michigan for the second straight week while deaths from H1N1 have increased.

The Michigan Department of Community Health has confirmed 218 cases of the flu in Michigan this flu season. 203 of those confirmed cases have been found to be the H1N1 flu.

Six people in West Michigan have died from the H1N1 flu. reports:

Two of the fatalities were in Kalamazoo County. Both of the people  -- a man and a woman -- were between the ages of 50 and 65. The woman died at home and had recent complications. The man was hospitalized for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia when he died.

Three of the deaths were in Kent County. Two of the people who died had other known medical complications. The medical history of the third person is unknown at this time.

The flu is trending downward for now, but many who are getting the flu are getting the dangerous H1N1 flu.

It's not too late to protect yourself and your family by getting vaccinated.

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