LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan health officials are encouraging people to get vaccinated amid an increase in cases of influenza and following the death of a child.
The Michigan Department of Community Health said Monday that the child died from the flu in mid-Michigan and hadn't been vaccinated. The child's name and hometown weren't released.
Department spokeswoman Angela Minicuci tells The Detroit News that it's difficult to tell how many cases the state has now, calling influenza "grossly under-reported."
The Detroit Free Press reports the Department of Community Health has upgraded the level of flu activity from "local" to "regional."
The peak of seasonal flu typically comes between January and April. State health officials in October confirmed the first cases of influenza in Michigan during the 2013-2014 flu season.