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Cook County Health Department reports increase in flu-like cases

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
My Suburban Life

By SUBURBAN LIFE MEDIA

An increase in the number of people seeking emergency room treatment, and in reported school absences, for exhibiting flu-like symptoms caused the Cook County Health Department to issue a reminder to residents Tuesday to get flu shots.

Dr. Terry Mason, chief operating officer at the Cook County Department of Public Health, said the department recorded a 32 percent increase in people seeking emergency room treatment for flu symptoms in the week before the reminder was issued.

Mason recommended that everyone 6 months of age or older get flu shots and urged people to stay home when they are sick. Furthermore, people with flu-like symptoms should stay home an additional 24 hours after a fever is gone – without the use of fever reducing medicine – to help curb the spread of the disease.

The viruses that cause the flu affect the respiratory system and are easily spread, Mason said. The virus is spread primarily when a person coughs or sneezes. The public heath department recommends sticking to the three Cs: Clean your hands by washing regularly, cover your face when you cough or sneeze and contain yourself at home if you are feeling sick



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