Reports of Flu Skyrocket in Northern and Southeast Michigan
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Service's weekly flu report shows reports of the flu have taken a big jump in some regions of Michigan.
The flu report relies on medical providers from around the state to report on the reasons patients are visiting them. The report shares and compares the percentage of patients who are visiting doctor's offices and other locations for "flu-like illness" each week.
For the week ending Dec. 9, about seven percent of visits in northern Michigan were for flu-like symptoms. The week before that the number was less than four percent. Southeast Michigan also saw a large increase.
Across the state the story is different. The "central" region includes West Michigan and saw a very low incidence of flu-like symptoms. The rate was among the lowest seen over the last 12 months.
Statewide the flu has been trending very similar to last season which was classified as a "moderate" flu season and peaked in February and March of 2017.
Year-to-year predictions are nearly impossible to make, but this flu season is off to a relatively slow start despite the recent regional spikes.