Flu on the rise in West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (via WOOD TV 8) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says while it's not quite as severe as last year, flu cases are on the rise.

If you get it, you'll know it.

“Cough and sore throat. Headache, body aches and fever, really high fever. And just getting knocked out,” said Brian Hartl, the epidemiology supervisor at the Kent County Health Department.

The numbers have yet to peak in Michigan. But health officials say it's just a matter of time. 

“Right now, we're seeing an increase in the number of cases of the flu that we're receiving from physicians, we're seeing an increase in the number of people going to the emergency departments for flu-like illness,” Hartl said. “So, if defiantly here.”

You can avoid the flu by doing thing like staying clear of coughing coworkers, cleaning your keyboard and of course, washing your hands.

But experts say the best way to avoid the flu is get the flu shot.

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