The flu virus is now widespread in Illinois. That means the virus has popped up in at least half the state. Dr. Lamar Hasbrouck, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, says there’s still time to get a flu shot.
“We say it’s not too late to vaccinate, right? The flu season starts in October and goes all the way through March. It actually peaks in January, so we’re at the peak month right, but folks still have a good three months of flu season left,” Hasbrouck said.
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So far, there have been at least six flu-related deaths and 122 hospitalizations. Last year’s flu season resulted in 134 deaths and more than 800 people having to go to the hospital.