A vaccine that is not as effective as previous years and a strain of flu that has historically caused more illness and deaths make this a bad year for the flu. 

Area health officials say about three times as many cases of the flu have been reported in Kalamazoo County compared to this time in 2013.

Frequent hand washing and keeping hands away from face are recommended

All vaccine should be delivered by the end of October

Flu related death reported in Van Buren County last week