The Flu: What You Need to Know

Woman sick with the flu

This year's flu season is shaping up to be the worst in years. Here are some resources to help you stay informed and healthy this season.

Flu in Michigan

The flu is hitting hard across the nation, and Michigan is no exception. Schools on the west side of the state are reporting large student absences, health facilities across the region are flooded with patients exhibiting flu-like symptoms, and a lab at the University of Michigan School of Public Health that records flu data for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been busy keeping up with an abundance of laboratory samples. International flu expert and professor of epidemiology Arnold Monto shares what is happening closer to home, and says Michigan and the rest of the country may continue to see flu in the months ahead.

Tips to Avoid Spreading the Flu

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Maintain healthy habits, like getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and drinking plenty of water.
  • Avoid contact with people if you are sick; stay at home from work, school, or other activities.
  • Shield others from your coughs and sneezes by using a tissue.
  • Avoid contact with people who have flu symptoms, if possible.

News and Information

These stories dig deeper into this year's flu epidemic and prevention and treatment options: