This week's update on reports of flu-like symptoms in Michigan shows a rise in the statewide average to the highest point we've seen since last winter. However, reports from West Michigan fell and are the lowest in the state.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says reports of flu-like symptoms across Michigan continue to remain low and steady, but current rates are slightly higher than at this same point one year ago.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is encouraging domestic bird owners to increase their biosecurity efforts and take appropriate steps to protect their birds from avian influenza.
On Thursday, health officials announced that flu shots are only 23 percent effective against this season's strain. This is not a good sign in a season where it seems more and more people are being stricken down with the flu.
The flu continues to spread quickly across Michigan and Kent County. 17% of emergency visits in Kent County last week were for flu-like symptoms, the highest rate recorded by the Kent County Health Department since 2009.