Flu Activity "Widespread" In Illinois
Flu activity in Illinois is considered widespread. That means it's appeared in more than half of the state.
So far, the Illinois Public Health Department says there have been more than one hundred twenty intensive care hospitalizations and six flu-related deaths this season. Spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says the numbers are lower than at this time last year. But more cases are showing up each day.
"We do anticipate the number of I-C-U admissions and deaths is going to increase. So we strongly encourage people, if they not received their flu shot yet, to go ahead and get one. It is not too late," Arnold said.
Arnold says the particular flu strain affects younger adults and children, specifically those with chronic medical conditions and pregnant women, more than older people.
The flu season can last into April.