The flu bug rang in the New Year with Illinois clearly in its grip. Hospital Sisters Health System has seen the number of flu cases in its hospitals throughout Southern and Central continue to expand. Jeff Hayes, Director of Quality and Patient Experience for the Central Illinois Division of HSHS, said the uptick in cases came quickly.
The Litchfield cases led to the closures of Litchfield Schools for two days. While there has been grumbling about the effectiveness of flu shots, Hayes says just because you may have the flu after getting the flu shot, doesn't mean your effort has been wasted.
In most recent Illinois Department of Public Health reports, the flu threat has been upgraded from a regional concern to a widespread one.