State health officials encourage resident to get a flu shot

By WEEK Producer

September 27, 2013 Updated Sep 27, 2013 at 6:37 PM CDT

Flu season is quickly approaching, and state health officials are urging Illinois residents to get vaccinated.

During the 2012 flu season in Illinois, 130 people died from the virus and more than 800 were hospitalized.

Officials at the Center for Disease Control said last year was actually the worst flu season nationwide in the past 20 years.

Doctor Lamar Hasbrouck of the Illinois Department of Health said the key is to vaccinate and practice the three C's.

"Those three C's are clean: wash your hands, cover: cover your cough or sneeze with tissue and lastly contain: stay at home if you're sick,” Dr. Hasbrouck said.

The flu vaccine is available at Walgreens' stores nationwide. Now through October 14, the pharmacy chain will donate up to $3 million in vaccinations to children in undeveloped countries for every flu shot given in the U.S.

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