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Health expert: Flu not widespread in Michigan yet

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

The seasons are changing and this time of year means flu and cold season.

"There's a lot of things going around," said Matthew Deibel, director of the emergency care center at Covenant Healthcare.

Deibel blames the colder weather for the uptick in sickness in Mid-Michigan.

"That usually means people having a lot of running nose, cough, just not feeling well in general," Deibel said.

Deibel said it likely is not the flu.

"We've seen a few cases, maybe a handful over the last few months. But we're not really seeing the flu kick in like it typically does," Deibel said.

That's the trend throughout Michigan and the nation as a whole. The Great Lakes State is one of 36 with sporadic flu activity in the continental U.S. A dozen other states have either local or regional activity.

However, zero states are dealing with widespread flue. A big reason behind that might be the flu shot. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 131 million doses of seasonal influenza vaccine have been distributed so far.

Deibel is confident the flu will make its presence felt soon.

"If you're finding you're having that high fever - along with a cough and the body aches and maybe some nausea, vomiting, that type of stuff - it makes it more likely that it's the flu," Deibel said.

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