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Health officials across the country report flu cases are starting to match numbers seen from the H1N1 outbreak nearly a decade ago.

Influenza Cases On The Rise Across State

Jan 9, 2018
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The number of flu cases is spiking across the state.

Health officials say the spike is happening early in the season. 

Todd Kisner is with the Winnebago County Health Department. He says he’s seen reported cases nearly quadruple over the past month.

“As far as the number of flu cases this early, it’s a little early for us," he said. "But that hopefully means it will end early.”

He says the flu season typically runs through April.

Senior Airman Areca T. Wilson/ U.S. Air Force

Several areas throughout Illinois are experiencing heightened flu activity, and one preliminary report shows the flu vaccine may only be 10% effective.  


The numbers show this is already a more active flu season. At this time last year, Memorial Medical Center in Springfield had treated 14 cases of influenza. So far this year: 93 cases. Some doctors simply say the flu is peaking sooner this year, but the effectiveness of this year’s flu shot is also a concern.

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.