In Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon November 30, 2009

Mich. says flu has killed 59 since April

LANSING, MI –
Michigan health officials say influenza has killed 59 people in the state since April 1 and 49 since Sept. 1, when swine flu began gaining steam.

The Michigan Community Health Department said Monday that 25,074 flu cases were reported in the state from Nov. 15-21.

Since Sept. 1, officials say 1,660 people have been hospitalized in Michigan for the flu.

State medical epidemiologist Dr. Eden Wells says the department has received fewer reports of influenza during the past two weeks but it's too early to say the state has "peaked."

The department says Michigan authorities have allocated at least 2.2 million doses of the vaccine for the H1N1 virus, which causes swine flu. That means medical personnel have received permission to receive that number of doses.