Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in Farmington and Farmington Hills than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Specific data for the Farmington area is not available on Flu Trends.)
Overall in Michigan, activity is considered high now, while it was low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends.
If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some Hartland area locations that offer the vaccine:
- Walgreens, 2321 E Grand River Ave
- CVS/Pharmacy Store, 2235 East Grand River Avenue
- CVS/Pharmacy Store, 3960 East Highland Road
- Kroger Pharmacy, 108 West Highland
- Target Pharmacy, 8043 Challis Rd
According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country.
Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee – are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The flu season normally peaks in January and February.
Holiday travel and more time spent indoors due to soggy weather will contribute to the spread of the flu virus, so now is the time to get vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following information:
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