Flu cases peaking in Illinois
Doctors are seeing more and more flu patients in their offices and State records show that the current levels are higher than most flu seasons since 2009.
"Yeah we've been seeing probably 20 -30 patients a day easy in the main part of the ER that have been diagnosed with influenza A. A handful that I've seen have been diagnosed with influenza B," Dr. Ross Moore at HSHS St. John's Hospital said.
From November to early January, Dr. Moore said they've seen 384 positive flu cases compared to the same time last year when they only saw 13.
"This year the influenza strains are bad on top of our vaccines not working as they have been traditionally. This year it seems that even the people who are getting the vaccines are still having higher reported symptoms," Dr. Moore said.
"I have ever had the flu shot in my life I know a lot of people talk about getting it I figured since I never been sick from it, no reason to prevent against it," Springfield resident Todd Miller said.
"I get the flu spot every year just to protect from getting the bad flu. With it getting worse and worse every year I wanted to go ahead and get myself and my children protected,"Springfield resident Jennifer Adams said.
"I don't believe in the flu shot because quite a few times when people have gotten the flu shot they ended up getting the flu the same year if not quickly right after they got the shot,"resident Sue Shaw said.
Doctor Moore said everyone is at risk for influenza but it's at a point where the severity is worse and they are having to deal with it a lot more.
"One day, if it ever happens and I do get the flu maybe I'll go get it, but I was a big advocate of if you get the flu shot there's a bigger chance you'll get sick than less of a chance," Miller said.
Doctor Moore recommends that if people have the Flu or any symptoms they should stay home and away from other sick patients.