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Michigan officials encourage flu vaccination

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Flu season is officially here, and Michigan health agencies are urging residents to keep their flu vaccinations up to date for adults and children.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says three pediatric deaths occurred from the flu last year.

It says vaccination rates for Michigan children ages five to 12 experienced a "significant" drop last year, to 52 percent.

The department says children, seniors and those with chronic health conditions are at increased risk of catching the flu.

The first four state flu cases were confirmed earlier this month, all in adults.

You can find a clinic or learn more about low-cost vaccination options at flu.gov, or by contacting your local health department.

Hilary is a General Assignment and Enterprise reporter for WGVU Public Media. She joined WGVU in September 2014 after several years of experience as a local news reporter, anchor and photojournalist in Midland, Saginaw and Bay counties. She's also worked as a financial and business reporter and audio field producer.
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