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Swine flu claiming lives in Michigan

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This same variant of the H1N1 swine flu virus caused the pandemic in 2009.
This same variant of the H1N1 swine flu virus caused the pandemic in 2009.

LANSING (WKZO) -- The flu is being blamed for three more deaths in Michigan according to the state Department of Community Health. Dr. Matthew Davis, the Chief Medical Executive for the State of Michigan says an infant from the central part of the state had already died from the flu.

According to health officials at the University of Michigan Hospital, the strain of flu that is turning out to be so deadly is the H1N1. That is the same strain of swine flu that caused a pandemic a few years ago. 

U of M Hospital currently has about a dozen adults and children on life support because of the H1N1 strain of the flu.

All of those patients were previously healthy, but none of them had the flu shot. Dr. Davis is urging folks to get the vaccination, particularly young adults.  Older adults already appear to have an immunity to this strain. 

They have initiated visitor protocols and restrictions at some hospital  to try and prevent the spread of the flu bug.

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