Flu activity builds in Illinois

2013-12-25T00:00:00Z Flu activity builds in IllinoisThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CHAMPAIGN | Public health officials say the flu is beginning to hit Illinois.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is being seen on a regional basis throughout the state. That's one step away from being widespread.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/19nn1oP ) doctors are busy treating patients who have the illness, along with those who have strep throat and pneumonia.

"We've been seeing a lot of people in general," said Tess Bailey, who is a physician at Carle Convenient Care. "There's a lot of illness going around."

Flu activity typically begins building in the U.S. in December, although the peak typically isn't seen until sometime between January and March.

"It's not everywhere, but I can absolutely tell you it's in our community," said Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Administrator Julie Pryde.

Area hospitals have reported dozens of cases so far.

Public health officials say it's not too late for people to get a flu shot, but they caution that the vaccine takes about two weeks to become effective.

They're also recommending people take common-sense steps to say healthy, such as washing hands frequently and staying home from work if you're sick.

Flu symptoms include fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, coughing, sore throats and a runny or a stuffy nose.

"If you are sick, stay home and keep it to yourself," Bailey told the newspaper.

Last year, more than 600 people were admitted to Illinois intensive care units with the flu. At least 96 died.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Latest Local Offers

Slow Flushing Toilet or Drain?

Still waters run deep…. And these waters, are not what you wan…

Featured Businesses

Poll

Loading…

Why do you think President Obama's plane landed in Gary?

View Results

Illinois Newsletters