ER doctor says Michigan experiencing busiest flu season in years

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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) -- Cases of the flu are popping up rapidly in many areas, including mid-Michigan.

"On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the busiest flu season we've had in a while, I'd say it's about a 9. I mean, I would say it's easily one of the busiest flu seasons we've had here, speaking for us at McLaren Flint, in the last five years," said Dr. Raymond Rudoni.

Dr. Rudoni says they are seeing the flu from the very young, elderly, healthy people and just all across the board right now.

Rudoni is the emergency room medical director at McLaren Flint in Flint, Michigan. In their emergency room, he says doctors and nurses are seeing four to five people per shift diagnosed with seasonal flu. He recommends people check with their primary care doctor first if they start feeling flu symptoms, but of course if you need to, come to the ER.

He says the two major strains they're seeing right now are influenza A and B. Dr. Rudoni says they are treated the same way but strand A is what is most prevalent right now.

"Flu vaccine is available all over the place in this city - your doctors offices, local drug stores, retail - all kinds of places are offering the flu shot and the time to get vaccinated is now. If you haven't been vaccinated it's not too late. Go get a flu shot," said Dr. Rudoni.

He says that vaccination is about 30 percent effective.

They have had a few people admitted but most are discharged and sent home to recover.

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