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LANSING, MI (WNEM) -
Three more people have died from the flu in Michigan, but what has doctors concerned is the ages of the victims.
State Department of Community Health officials say the victims were 23, 25, and 29 years old.
Officials say usually 20-year-olds are patients doctors don't need to worry about when flu season arrives.
Right now, Michigan is one of 35 states reporting widespread cases of the flu. H1N1 is the most common strain that targets children and young adults.
Doctors say the best thing you can do is get your flu shot. They say despite the widespread outbreak, only about 36 percent of Americans have been vaccinated.
Some local hospitals are taking action in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.
McLaren Bay Region is now restricting visitation. No one under 18 years old will be allowed to visit.
In Saginaw, both Covenant and St. Mary's have also put visitor restrictions in place. All of them say the restrictions will remain in place until after flu season is over.
WNEM has some tips to help prevent you and your family from getting the flu. Doctors say the most important thing you can do is get a flu shot.
Second, it should go without saying, but stay away from people who are sick.
Finally, do things to boost your immune system.
That includes getting plenty of sleep, drinking lots of water and eating healthy.
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