Chicago and its surrounding suburbs are seeing a steady rise in flu cases.
Area health agencies are reporting that this year's flu season is particularly intense. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring "widespread" influenza activity in Illinois this year. According to the Cook County Department of Public Health the number of people experiencing influenza-like symptoms continues to increase in the suburbs. Those suffering from the illness are showing symptoms that are much more severe than in previous years. Drug manufacturers have also been feeling the effects of the increased number of cases. The makers of Tamiflu, which slows down flu symptoms, reported a shortage of the drug, according to Reuters. The CDC is reporting that the Great Lakes region is the nation's hardest hit with …
As the bug keeps spreading, we need to do what we can to stay healthy.
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
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- Joe Vince
Friday, December 14, 2012
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in Tinley Park than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Tinley Park Patch-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.) Overall in Illinois, activity is considered high now, while it was considered moderate at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Tinley Park that offer the vaccine (besides your own doctor, of course): According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country. Five states—Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee—are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, …