Just Like Wintry Weather, Flu Season Begins In Metro Detroit

Dr. Deanna Lites
November 06, 2018 - 6:05 pm

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DETROIT (WWJ) - Just like the wintry change in weather, we can expect that flu season will be right on schedule this year. 

WWJ health reporter Dr. Deanna Lites says that cases of the flu are already being reported in the area. 

Dr. Shaun Jayakar, an internal medicine expert with Ascension Saint John, says he's already treating patients with the flu.

"I've seen flu earlier than I did last year," says Jayakar. "According to the experts they are saying that the flu shot this year should be a better match than last year's shot." 

Last year's flu vaccine was about 40 percent effective according to the Centers for Disease Control. 

The best way to protect yourself from the flu is to get a flu shot.

Last year, flu activity began to increase in November and reached "an extended period of high activity during January and February," according to the CDC, and remained high through the end of March.

The 2017-2018 flu season lingered for 19 weeks making it one of the longest in recent years. 

The CDC recommends everyone six months of age and older get a flu shot.

It takes about two weeks after getting the shot to get protection so it's a good idea to get vaccinated sooner rather than later.