IL among states with "widespread" flu activity

Flu season impacts hospital visitors

"We're starting to see flu cases increase here in IL just like every state across the nation", Arnold said.

Hospitals from South Bend to Evansville have imposed restrictions that include barring visitors other than immediate family or other significant persons.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that nine pediatric flu deaths have been reported this season from other stats as of December 16.

Health officials say despite the rise in cases, there have been no deaths from the flu this year.

Adults 65 years and older.

If you are sick, stay home from work or school until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours.

"I would not be surprised if there is flu in every county", Mirivel said.

The ADPH will be conducting a statewide flu vaccine awareness campaign "Start 2018 Off on the Right Foot" beginning in January to educate the public and remind everyone it is not too late to get the flu vaccine.

Though it's still too early to say whether this winter will be a bad flu season, epidemiologists in 36 states - including NY - have already reported "widespread influenza activity", according to data released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.

It's also possible that the number of people infected is much higher because false negative results on flu tests are "not uncommon" this time of year, she told the paper.

In the USA, influenza activity has significantly increased over recent weeks with the Influenza A (H3N2) virus strain predominating. "It takes approximately two weeks for your body to build immunity once you've received the vaccination".

"There aren't very many of these studies, but they are starting to come out now that suggest it will reduce the severity of your illness and the duration of your illness even if you do get the flu".

-It's easier than ever to get vaccinated.

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