Chicago public health commissioner warns of dramatic surge in flu cases

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Photo credit Chicago Department of Public Health

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) - Chicago’s top doctor is concerned about the flu.

Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said the flu picture has changed dramatically in the past week.

The Southeastern U.S. is really getting hit, she said, and we’re not far behind.

“Illinois is in that moderate, starting to be high, we’re still actually relatively low here in Chicago. But, this is as winter weather really kicks in, the snow starts, this is what we expected. Flu is very much coming to Chicago, as evidenced by just the difference between last week and then this week,” Arwady said.

Do yourself a favor, she said, get a shot.

“That flu shot is made to be as good a match as possible to the circulating strains or variants of flu,” Arwady added.

It takes some time for the protection to kick in and Arwady is concerned that it will spread as families gather for Thanksgiving.

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