Decline in flu cases seen across Illinois

While anyone can be affected by the flu, it typically affects the elderly and the young the most. (WICS)

The flu has been named an epidemic, but the centers for disease control says it is finally starting to finish.

The CDC said the number of flu cases throughout the states is beginning to level off but not necessarily decline.

Illinois is finally beginning to see a dip in its number of people getting sick.

Memorial Hospital saw their flu numbers go from 409 flu patients for the week of January 6, 2018, to 154 for the week of January 13, 2018.

However, doctors warn to not get lulled into believing the season is over.

"We're hoping we have reached the peak of the season but if we know anything about the flu is that it's unpredictable so we could see another surge. We may continue to see a decrease. It just depends," Illinois Department of Public Health Public Information Officer Melaney Arnold said.

Now IDPH said the total number of people hospitalized in the state with the flu is more than 600.

While anyone can be affected by the flu, it typically affects the elderly and the young the most.




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