Health officials urge getting flu shots after death of Illinois toddler


ROCKFORD (WREX) – An Illinois toddler dies from the flu, and now health officials in Winnebago County are urging you to get vaccinated.

“The health department recommends for our community that anyone six months and older gets a flu shot,” said Winnebago County Center of Health Protection Director Todd Kisner.

Kane County officials say the child died in December in Aurora. It’s the first confirmed flu-related death in Illinois during the current influenza season.

While the flu season typically starts in October, health officials in Winnebago County say it’s not too late to get your flu shot.

“In a typical flu season for our community we start to see our cases for flu rise in January and kind of peak in February and dwindle down by the end of March,” Kisner said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19 states are seeing widespread flu cases, including Illinois.

 

Nick Landi

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