It looks like the flu bug is coming on pretty strong across Illinois this year. Stats from the state health department show more than 100 people have already been admitted into hospital intensive care units for treatment. No deaths have been reported. Officials are urging people to get a flu shot to help keep the bug at bay.
Area hospital emergency room visits show that the flu season is taking its toll. In a four-day span, December 7-10, Presence St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee treated 40 patients that tested positive for flu. Melissa Tanner, hospital marketing coordinator, none of those treated were hospitalized.
Katie O'Grady, director of emergency services at Riverside Medical Center, reported "Within the past seven days, we've seen about five patients a day, testing positive for flu."
Several hospitals are also announcing they are restricting visitors due to the flu outbreak.