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Despite the H1N1 bug, flu season turns out to be average

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The Black line represents cases this year. It shows the season peaked right after Christmas. The large green spike represents the pandemic of 2009. The different lines represent flu cases reported during the last 5 years. (Courtesy the Michigan Department of Public Health}
The Black line represents cases this year. It shows the season peaked right after Christmas. The large green spike represents the pandemic of 2009. The different lines represent flu cases reported during the last 5 years. (Courtesy the Michigan Department of Public Health}

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- It’s been the worst winter in decades with more snow and cold weather than we are used to. As flu seasons go however, it’s been fairly average.

St. Joseph County has just recorded its second flu death of the season, bringing the total to 14 in southwest Michigan. In this case and almost every case, they were older people with underlying health problems.

Bronson Hospital Virologist Dr. Richard Van Enk says it probably seems like its been worse because the last few years have been so mild, but the death toll and the degree of sickness have been about average.

There have been five flu deaths in Kent, three in Kalamazoo, two each in Ottawa and St. Joseph and one apiece in Van Buren and Barry Counties.

 

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