Self care is important to maintain mood and keep the body healthy. But even if your self-help routine has fallen by the wayside, it's never too late to start, especially if you have the flu.

Following the flu season last year – as flu The number of related deaths rose to an estimated 79,000 Americans, of whom 185 were children – health officials are watching closely what's in happened this year.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports an increase in flu activity and calls anyone over the age of six months to vaccinate.

This comes when the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have declared that the 2018-19 influenza season is officially underway and confirmed the death of Michigan's first flu flu this season. Nationwide, eleven children have died from influenza-related illness this season.

In the week ending December 22, the percentage of people receiving medical treatment for influenza-like illness increased to 3.2 percent in Michigan. This is apparent from the perspective of the state of MDHHS, which continues a steady trend in recent weeks. The basic value for flu activity in Michigan is 1.8 percent.

"It's a bit hard to say how bad it will be in a flu season because it's usually the end of January or early February when we reach the peak of the flu," said MDHHS spokesman Bob Wheaton. "It's a bit hard to say before that, we do not know what the rest of the flu season will look like."

Here are some questions and answers you should know about the flu: [19659012] Is it too late to get a flu shot?

No, it's not too late.

"We still encourage people to get vaccinated against the flu," Wheaton said. "It is still relatively early in the flu season and there is a good chance of an increase in flu activity in January and February."

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A flu shot in the Wayne County Health Department Clinic. (Photo: Julian H. Gonzalez / Detroit Free Press)

The flu shot reduces the likelihood of the virus becoming infected. For those who still have the flu after vaccination, it has been shown to decrease the severity and duration of the disease.

But since it takes about two weeks for the body to build up immunity and get protection from the shot, health officials advise people to get vaccinated quickly.

Hospitals hospitalize visitors to limit the spread of the flu?

Yes. To slow the transmission of influenza, the Detroit Medical Center will not allow children under the age of 12 to visit the inpatient and observation rooms at one of its locations. These include: