Decatur, Illinois (WAND) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting more cases of influenza and other respiratory illnesses than are normally seen in the United States this time of year.
The CDC reports that influenza and similar viral illnesses are most common in Georgia, Texas, and South Carolina. Activity is low while in Illinois. Her Jignesh Modi, M.D., an infectious disease specialist at HSHS St. Mary’s, told WAND News it’s still early in the flu season, so it’s hard to predict how serious it will be.
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“Yes, we’re seeing early reports of the flu. I think it started earlier this year, but we’ll have to see what happens in the coming weeks.
According to the CDC, children make up one-third of hospitalizations for the flu. The United States is already seeing a surge in respiratory viruses among babies and young children.
“This is the time to start seeing cases of COVID, as well as flu, RSV, and over the past few years,” Dr. Modi said.
The Macon County Department of Health told WAND News that Illinois has reached critical levels of pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) beds. The flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children. Health educator Emily O’Connell says a flu vaccine could help prevent tens of thousands of flu-related hospitalizations each year.
“The CDC recommends annual flu vaccines for everyone over the age of 6 months, with rare exceptions. will help.”
Some people may hesitate to get vaccinated. O’Connell said influenza can be a serious illness, especially among children, the elderly, and people with certain chronic conditions such as asthma, heart disease, and diabetes.
“Influenza infection can put even healthy children and adults at risk for serious complications, hospitalization, or death,” she said.
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The Macon County Health Department will be holding a Drive-Thru Flu Clinic for 18+ on November 4th from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The dose he used is over the age of 65.
Influenza clinics are open to anyone over the age of 18. Enter east on Orchard St. You must bring your ID and insurance card or information. Short-sleeved shirts and face coverings must be worn.
MCHD also hosts a vaccine clinic in its building on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. These clinics require an appointment. Call extension 217-423-6988. 1100.
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