First 2 Michigan child flu deaths confirmed in 2016-2017 season

Posted at 10:37 AM, Mar 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-31 17:22:33-04

Health officials have confirmed the first two child flu deaths in the state of Michigan in the 2016-2017 season. 

The health department says one of the victims lived in Kalamazoo County, the other child was from northern Michigan. 

Officials are taking this time to remind residents to get vaccinated for protection. 

“The flu vaccine this year is a good match to those viruses circulating in our communities, meaning it offers more protection than it may have in recent years,” stated Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for MDHHS, in a press release. “It is not too late to get vaccinated. And remember, if you or your child is sick, stay home to help protect others.”

More details about the flu shot can be found here.