Flu Continues In Illinois, 50 Deaths This Season

476 people have been admitted to hospital intensive care units with the flu this season

Friday, Jan 18, 2013  |  Updated 11:45 PM CDT
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Hospitals Place Restrictions on Those With Flu

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has long had guidelines for hospitals handle visitors during a flu epidemic, but each state health department makes the final decision as to when to implement those restrictions. That happened in the chicago area this week. Nesita Kwan reports.

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Illinois is among 30 states reporting high flu activity in a season where the virus is striking earlier than usual and the main flu strain is one that tends to make people sicker.

Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said Friday that 476 people have been admitted to hospital intensive care units with the flu this season and 50 have died.

Public health officials continue to encourage people to get vaccinated.

One bright spot: Chicago's flu hospitalizations continued a two-week decline.

Last week there were nine patients in hospital intensive care units with the flu, a decrease from 31 the previous week.

Dr. Julie Morita of the Chicago Department of Public Health says the demand for vaccine remains high, but it's not overwhelming. She says supplies are good.
 

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