Experts encourage vaccination as COVID trends upwards ahead of flu season

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Michigan have been trending upward for the last five weeks, according to state data, mirroring national trends, and local health officials are encouraging Michiganians to get the newly approved COVID-19 booster shots, which protect against the virus’ latest mutations.

“Every week there are more and more cases and I do expect we’re going to see this trend continue,” said Dennis Cunningham, medical director of infection prevention at Henry Ford Health. “That also matches national data, which is showing a slow but steady increase in COVID week to week.”

With Michigan on the verge of flu season, which typically starts in October or November, experts warn that coinciding surges of respiratory illnesses may overwhelm hospitals.

A COVID-19 vaccine is administered.

“If we were to have … a heavy flu season, and flu was hitting us hard at the same time as another surge of COVID, that could really overwhelm hospitals who you know, we’re all busy right now,” Cunningham said.

There were 6,071 confirmed and probable cases of COVID in Michigan the week ending Sept. 12, according to state data.

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