Flu season is underway, and while there are fewer Illinoisans reported sick than at this time last year, cases are increasing.
CBS 2 has learned another 41 cases have turned up at the University of Chicago medical campus.
Loyola University Medical Center microbiologist Paul Schreckenberger says last week alone, 21 patients tested positive for influenza. All but one of those cases were the 2009 H1N1 swine flu.
While there is no cure for the flu, Dr. Jack Dybis says getting enough fluids everyday can help.
There hasn’t been much need for snow shovels in the Chicago area this year, or salt for the driveway, but there has been a run on humidifiers, due to the unusually dry conditions this winter.
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.
CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker talked with one Chicago man who says he can’t afford to miss work.
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.
If you haven’t been bit by the flu bug this year, you might be lucky or maybe you’ve been getting help from the boss.
Some Chicago area hospitals were being forced to turn away emergency room patients because of an influx of people suffering from the flu.
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.
I know, I know… You feel confident your grandmother’s remedies will keep you healthy and–if you do get sick–bring you back to full health. Sometimes though, frogs legs, witch’s tongue, brown M&Ms mixed with yellow Skittles, happy thoughts, chicken soup, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, Mitt Romney’s concession speech on repeat, Tumblr, puppies, medicine from a doctor who works out of the Wendy’s drive-thru window (honestly, he’s suspect, but his burgers are great), Game of Thrones, killing the Highlander, fruits and veggies (especially), and love just can’t heal you. Especially if you have the fly.
Have you noticed some coworkers sneezing around you? We have – and we asked WBBM’s Steve Miller to ask a doctor what’s going around.
Dr. Daniel Jernigan of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells WBBM Newsradio that there are two new, different strains of flu this year and that the vaccine formulated this fall should be able to keep you from getting them.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is issuing a reminder that if you haven’t already gotten a flu shot this season, now is the time to do it.
Four cheerleaders who reported feeling ill during a practice at a south suburban elementary school were hospitalized Wednesday night.
Maggie Daley had been hospitalized last week for flu-like symptoms unrelated to her battle with breast cancer.
Chicago’s first lady spent one day in the hospital for flu-like symptoms late this week, after spending a more substantial amount of time at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for her latest surgery.