Cold and Flu Season Takes Nasty Turn In Bloomington-Normal

Doctors say the flu shot is just one weapon in the battle against the flu

Click on each county in the map below to see the breakout of lab-confirmed cases across the state.

Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

Burton said that's not good for avoiding flu and infections, as the germs from the facial tissue are transferred to the inside of the pocket or the sleeve, and can be picked up again by touching those places afterwards.

"Most of the increase came around Thanksgiving", Burton said.

"The influenza vaccine protects against multiple strains of flu", said Stacey Anderson, who works for the DPHHS Communicable Disease Epidemiology section.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us, however, that they still believe our flu vaccine is on track to be 39 percent effective, like a year ago.




Experts say that 65 people had to be hospitalized within the last week due to the flu virus, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 262.

DPHHS says cases of the flu are slightly higher then they were at this time in 2016. About 15 percent of students were out sick at Northpoint Elementary, she said, also above the norm (10 percent or less).

Schneeman said one population in particular should consider getting a flu shot. "The Department for Public Health is strongly urging anyone who hasn't received a flu vaccine, particularly children 6 months and older and those people at high risk for complications related to the flu, to check with local health departments or other providers about getting the vaccine".

A preventative vaccine is especially important for the very young, the elderly or people with chronic health conditions. If you do get sick, stay home until you're well again, so you don't spread more germs.

The Peterson Health staff has the following pieces of advice, saying the flu can knock you off your feet; but knowing how to pamper oneself can help you feel better faster. It takes about 2 weeks after the administration of the vaccine for the recipient to develop protection from the flu.

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