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Doctors: this year's flu strain is more severe, limiting visitors to Saginaw hospitals

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SAGINAW (WJRT) -

(01/09/14) - If you haven't already, doctors are urging you to get a flu shot.

They say this season's flu strain is even worse than last year's and two Saginaw hospitals are taking extra precautions.

"I haven't had a flu shot in probably 20 years and I've hardly gotten sick," said Terry Koscielski.

Others say without the shot, they'll be in serious danger, so they get one every year.

"I had a lung transplant," said Jerry Prince, after being discharged from St. Mary's in Saginaw. "My body won't fight off germs."

But doctors say it's crucial right now. A vicious flu bug is spreading, so St. Mary's and Covenant Health Care are only letting healthy, immediate family members visit patients.

"This flu transmits from one person to the other very fast," said Dr. Sri Ginjupalli, an infection prevention specialist with St. Mary's.

In fact, they're seeing more than 100 people in the ER every week with flu symptoms.

That's more than usual, and their symptoms are more severe.

"We're seeing the symptoms are most severe in young adults and middle age group," said Dr. Ginjupalli.

He says he expects peak flu season to hit next month.

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