The Michigan Health Department has reported 445 cases of the flu, up by 100 since last week, CBS Detroit writes.
The company that produces Tamiflu has released reserve stocks in order to combat shortages and to ensure that all who need access to the symptom-reducing drug get it, reports the Detroit Free Press. Next year will hopefully bring more options: "FDA has approved a new flu vaccine that is grown in cells, rather than fertilized chicken eggs" that "is not only faster but is also accessible to the 600,000 Americans estimated to have egg allergies according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology," the article states. It would also serve as an option for those who follow a strict vegan lifestyle.
The best ways to protect yourself from the flu are the same rules that apply to maintaining general health: get plenty of rest and fluids, avoid contact with those who are carrying the virus, wash your hands several times daily, and above all, get vaccinated.
Most drugstores offer the vaccination at a low cost, and plenty of other places are offering services as well. Find out more about Michigan vaccinations here.