The number of patients being treated for flu-like illness is on the rise.
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Thursday, January 24
Editor's note: The following is a press release issued by State Rep. Natalie Manley: With Illinois and the nation facing a severe flu season and hospitals seeing an increase in the number of patients being treated for flu-like symptoms, State Rep. Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) is encouraging local residents to get vaccinated. “Getting a flu shot only takes a few minutes, and can dramatically reduce your chances of getting sick,” Manley said. “By being proactive in our own health habits, we can help encourage those who do not normally get a flu shot, to do so.” Illinois is one of 24 states that are now reporting higher than normal flu activity this season. The number of flu-related intensive care unit (ICU) hospitalizations so far this year is…
The Will County Health Department is urging residents to get a flu shot.
Getting sleep, watching sugar intake, washing your hands and other things can prevent your immune system from being compromised, doctor says.
During the holiday season, normal schedules and habits get tossed out the window thanks to parties and family get-togethers. Meals are irregular and holiday cookies irresistible. People spend more time indoors, and sometimes stress levels can rise. In short, immune systems become compromised, giving colds and flu a chance to strike. The best way to keep them at bay is to eat healthy, avoid sugar, get enough sleep and avoid people who are sick, said Dr. John Saran of Edward Medical Group. "We think of colds and flu as seasonal, but it has nothing to do with the weather," Saran said. "In temperate climates, colds and flu are year-round." When people are indoors more often, they're more likely to pass their germs on to others. There is more …