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Health Department of Northwest Michigan
serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties
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Flu activity picking up in the area

(February 9, 2009) With flu activity picking up, health officials want to remind the public to take steps to prevent getting seasonal flu and to stay home if you get sick to avoid further spread of the annual epidemic.

“We’re starting to see the number of cases of flu rising steadily each week in northern Michigan,” said Joshua Meyerson, MD, Medical Director. “If this year is like most other years, flu activity will peak in the next couple of weeks. It’s a good time to boost up your hygiene routine.”

“It’s hard to overestimate how important thorough hand washing is in preventing flu and colds,” Meyerson said. “And anyone who is sick with the flu should stay home to avoid spreading the disease.”

In addition to hand washing, U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) & Prevention recommends covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your upper arm. You’ll avoid spreading germs if you do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For additional information, visit