The flu season has been rough for people all across the nation, and Illinois, including Winnebago County, is no different.
According to the Winnebago County Health Department, there has been a significant early spike in flu cases this season. According to Health Department Administrator Mike Bacon, there have been over 500 flu cases a week in the last three weeks.
Despite that high number, Bacon says there is some positive news.
"We've actually leveled out, we think. We hope it won't go any higher this year, but we seem to be remaining at a very high level of influenza activity," he said.
There have not been any deaths from the flu in Winnebago County so far this season. Vaccines are still available from the Health Department. You can contact them at 815-720-4264.
Statewide, flu activity has been above average. According to Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, Illinois is one of 24 states around the country that have higher than normal flu activity. So far, over 350 people have been hospitalized in intensive care units because of the virus.
Other states have called for a public health emergency due to high flu numbers, but so far, Illinois has not.
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