WINFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — The flu season is far from over, and as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared this season an epidemic, physicians were urging people to take precautions against the flu virus.
“This is probably one of the worst flu seasons we’ve seen in close to a decade,” said Kevin Most, a physician at Central DuPage Hospital. “We’re seeing increasing numbers in our emergency rooms, we’re seeing increasing numbers in our convenient care that are actually blowing the number of patients that we’ve seen in these past couple months out of the water when we look historically how many patients have been in.”
State health officials said 368 people in Illinois have been admitted to hospital intensive care units with the flu this season, and 27 of them have died.
Most told WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner there’s a reason this flu season is so bad.
“We ended up seeing an early flu season this year, so if you think about what happens between Thanksgiving and Christmas – a lot of people traveling, a lot of people shopping, a lot of people together with parties – and you saw a vaccine that was very good, but not really taken by a lot of patients yet,” he said.