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Flu season hitting hard, especially in suburban schools

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Chicago Tribune
by Patrick M. O'Connell

The reports from school districts have rolled in daily to Chicago-area health departments, and the graphs on the weekly influenza charts are soaring upward. Flu season has arrived, earlier than usual and packing a punch that has sent hundreds of students and teachers home with fever, chills and vomiting.

After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that this year's influenza vaccine was less effective, health officials in Illinois worried flu season would be long and severe. It appears the concern was well-founded.


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