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Early start to flu season in Bloomington Normal

Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:54:12 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

Schools and hospitals in Mclean County are reporting a surge in people reporting flu like symptoms. That's according to health department spokeswoman Kera Simon who says the word should offer an incentive to get a flu shot.

   
Simon says this is an earlier than usual start to the flu season according to the Centers for Disease Conrtrol. She says the CDC is also reporting three separate strains of the virus.

   
It may take up to two weeks after vaccination to provide a peak level of antibodies to the flu virus. The November death of a 54-year old woman was the first confirmed flu death in McLean County this season. That woman had not had a flu vaccine. Most flu reports are soft numbers because authorities only do lab tests after people are hospitalized.


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