Illinois sees spike in flu cases

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(KTVI) – Health officials in Illinois say cases of influenza are on the rise.  The Illinois Department of Public Health is now urging people who haven’t gotten a flu shot to get one soon.

“Flu activity typically peaks in January, but can run into April. Getting vaccinated now can help protect you from the flu in the coming months,” said Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, director of the health department.

Officials say there have been 122 flu cases which required intensive care hospitalization in the state.  Six people have died.

The most vulnerable are children younger than 5 and adults older than 65.  Pregnant women and those with underlying chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or neurological conditions are at the greatest risk.

To reduce the spread of flu, it is also important to practice the 3 C’s –

• Clean – properly wash your hands frequently
• Cover – cover your cough and sneeze
• Contain – contain your germs by staying home if you are sick