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Influenza Cases Peaking In Northern Illinois

Mar 7, 2017
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Spring is right around the corner, but the end of flu season is not.

The Winnebago County Health Department says it’s seeing a high volume of influenza in the region; a recent report showed more than 300 new cases within a week. 

But that isn’t unexpected this time of year.

Todd Kisner, with the health department, says more than 60 percent of the new cases were among children and the elderly.

So this led to hospitals tightening certain age groups from visiting.

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Cases of influenza are spiking nationwide and across the state as public health officials urge that it's not too late to get a flu shot.

Hospitals across Illinois counties are seeing more people coming in with flu-like symptoms and testing positive for the illness. 

Common symptoms include a fever of 100 degrees or higher, along with a cough and sore throat. 

National Influenza Vaccination Week Begins

Dec 6, 2016
NIH

The CDC is promoting National Influenza Vaccination Week.

Dr. Jennifer Layden, Chief Medical Officer of the Illinois Department of Public Health, says it’s time for state residents to get the flu shot if they haven’t already.  

"Because it takes a couple weeks to become fully effective and the peak of the flu season starts to occur sometime typically between December and February, we encourage individuals to get it as soon as possible," she said.  

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The less painful way to fight influenza may not be the best option this year.

The flu vaccine shot's effectiveness was around 60 percent last year. Illinois health officials are questioning how well the nasal spray alternative worked.

So they recommend people stick with the vaccine shot this season, which is updated to match circulating viruses.

Melaney Arnold, with the Illinois Department of Public Health, says the flu has symptoms similar to the common cold.

Winnebago County Sees Flu Increase

Nov 28, 2014
CDC

The Winnebago County Health Department reported an increase in flu cases in the past week. It expects further increases in the coming weeks. 

The department tracks flu-like illness using emergency room data from two health systems and three local sentinel sites. Flu poses the most serious risk to children under 5 years, people 65 and older, pregnant women, and those with certain long-term medical conditions.

Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent getting influenza.

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