Flu explodes in Arenac County, 1,468 cases reported last week


ARENAC COUNTY — The Michigan Department of Community Health’s aggregate report for the week of Oct. 18-24 showed 1,468 reported cases of flu-like symptoms, including H1N1.

The report doesn’t specify the amount of influenza strains that are seasonal and H1N1, or swine flu, however the number of cases, 1,468, is the first time the report showed any flu-like symptoms reported in the county since the week of Sept. 20-26, when there were two cases reported.

Starting in early November, the Central Michigan District Health Department, which represents Arenac County, is expecting to have H1N1 vaccines available for select groups that are deemed to be vulnerable to the H1N1 virus.

The flu, whether seasonal or H1N1, has already taken a toll on local schools, as Standish-Sterling Community Schools were cancelled on Monday and Arenac Eastern cancelled school from Tuesday, Oct. 27 through Friday, Oct. 30.

For more information, contact the health department at 989-846-6541.


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