Flu viruses are spreading in Illinois and the leading strain that's being detected in lab tests is H1N1. That's the same ``swine flu'' strain that caused a pandemic in 2009. Health officials say statewide flu activity is ``regional,'' a step below ``widespread'' and meaning flu has been confirmed in less than half the regions of the state. In Chicago, hospitals are reporting an increase in emergency room visit from people with flu-like symptoms. But levels are half what they were during the same week last season. Dr. Julie Morita of the Chicago Department of Public Health says the illnesses are a reminder that everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot. This year's influenza vaccine protects against the H1N1 strain, and vaccine supplies are good.
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