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Docs seeing more cases of flu early this season

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 9th, 2013

ROCHELLE — The flu season is unpredictable and doctors cannot determine when it will begin nor when it will peak; however, they all agree on the best way to fight the illness.

Getting a flu shot and washing hands is the number one advice local pharmacists and doctors are giving patients to help stay healthy.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 30 states have high activity level of outpatient visits to healthcare providers with influenza-like symptoms — Illinois is among the 25 states with extremely high levels.

Jennifer Helfrich, clinic operations manager for Rochelle Community Hospital, backs up the CDC’s statistics.

“Rochelle clinics have all seen a higher number of flu patients in the last few weeks,” she said, addeding that staff at RCH does not know why the flu season started earlier in 2012 than past flu seasons, and doctors never know when it will hit.

For the complete article see the 01-08-2013 issue.

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