It’s not too late to get
a flu shot
Influenza cases increasing in
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[January 26, 2017]
– Influenza activity is increasing nationwide and in Illinois. Many
counties throughout the state are seeing more influenza-like-illnesses
(100ºF or higher fever plus cough and/or sore throat), an increase in
flu-related intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, and more people
testing positive for the flu.
“Flu season typically peaks between December and February and
runs until May, so it is not too late to get a flu shot,” said
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah,
M.D., J.D. “Anyone can get the flu, even healthy people. Getting a
flu shot is the first and most important step in protecting you and
those around you against flu viruses.”
To help protect hospital and health care patients who are more
susceptible to complications from influenza, IDPH recommends
hospitals and health care facilities implement the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) comprehensive influenza
prevention and control recommendations. IDPH also supports
implementing temporary visitor restriction policies in hospitals,
which may include the following:
- Do not allow visits from people younger than 18 years of
- Promote compliance with hand and respiratory hygiene and
- Assess visitors for symptoms of acute respiratory illness
(fever, cough, sore throat
- Request that visitors with acute respiratory illness
symptoms not visit.
- Limit visits to patients who are in isolation due to
Influenza is spread mainly when people with the flu cough or
sneeze. The flu can cause mild to severe illness, and can even
result in hospitalizations or death. People at high risk of
serious flu complications include young children, pregnant
women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma,
diabetes, or heart and lung disease, and people 65 years and
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In addition to getting a flu shot, IDPH recommends following the
3 C’s: clean, cover, and contain.
Clean – frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water.
Cover – cover your cough and sneeze.
Contain – contain your germs by staying home if you are sick.
Flue shots are available at the Logan County Department of Public
Health, your doctor's office, or a number of drug stores in the
[Illinois Department of Public