After months of reporting on what is one of the worst flu seasons in years, there's some good news this morning.

In a season that has rivaled the swine flu epidemic of 2009-2010, there’s hope that it has peaked.

Nationally, the hospitalization rates for flu were the highest the CDC has ever recorded.

Locally, even though 48 states - including Michigan - have widespread flu, the numbers in Kent County are beginning to make a downward trend. For the second week in a row, flu-like illness reports are down which is a sign the flu most likely peaked in the Grand Rapids area.

When it comes to school absences, those are down too, nearly 25% from last week and that number is lower than this same time last year.

Does this mean the flu season is over? No.

The flu lingers in West Michigan until about April. So, if you haven’t gotten that flu shot it’s not too late. The flu is just as miserable during the height of the season as it is at the end of the season.

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