Flu Bug Spreading In Illinois

Jan 8, 2013

Flu is on the upswing in Illinois along with most of the rest of the nation. A spokeswoman for the state health department says almost 150 state residents have been admitted to intensive care units with the flu this season, and six have died.

The Chicago Tribune reports, several Chicago-area hospitals were turning away ambulances Monday night as they dealt with a flood of patients with flu-like symptoms.

Meanwhile, U.S. health officials say the strain of influenza virus going around this year has been linked to more hospital admissions and deaths.

Officials say it isn't too late to get a flu shot, and that there's no shortage of flu vaccine.