The combination of an extended cold snap, the recent holidays, and the ongoing flu season have led to a 30 percent drop in blood donations for LifeSource, prompting hospitals to keep a close eye on their supplies.
Just two weeks ago, right before winter break, area hospitals saw a rise in pediatric patients with the flu.
The CDC says 22 states are seeing high levels of illness — including Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin — up from 13 states a week earlier.
Rush University Medical Center is giving flu shots to about 3,000 of its staff and students today – and reminding other people to get vaccinated.
Although concerns are mounting across the nation of Ebola exposure, doctors fear the focus could be diverting attention from another potential threat: the flu.
Up to 122 people have been admitted to the intensive care units at Illinois hospitals for treatment of the flu. Seven of those people died.
The flu season in the Chicago area is hitting harder than in the last couple of years.
Experts were predicting a longer and stronger flu season this year.
The flu is back with a vengeance this year, earlier than usual and affecting more people this winter.
Doctors have been seeing an increase in flu cases, marking the earliest start to the flu season in nearly a decade.
The leaves are starting to change and there is definitely a chill in the air, so you can be sure that flu season is just around the corner.