McLean County reports 1st flu-related death

By WEEK Producer

December 17, 2012 Updated Dec 18, 2012 at 10:37 AM CDT

MCLEAN CO, Ill. -- Lab results confirm a 54-year-old woman is the first flu-related death in McLean County.

Health officials say she did not get the seasonal flu vaccine. Now, they're urging citizens to protect themselves and get a flu shot.

Over the last two weeks, the McLean County Health Department says schools and hospitals are reporting a increase in flu-like illnesses.

Symptoms include a fever of 100.4 or above, severe chills and body aches, dry cough and sore throat.

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health anticipate a much more active flu season this year.

A season typically runs from October through April, with illnesses peeking in January.

The McLean County Health Department has a limited supply of the vaccine.

To schedule an appointment, call (309) 888-5455.

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