Flu outbreak an epidemic, says CDC

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If you have not gotten the flu vaccine yet, call ahead to make sure your doctor’s office or pharmacy has it. Demand is high and in some locations, supply is running low.

Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report influenza cases have crossed the epidemic threshold.

There has been a significant increase in flu-related deaths and hospitalizations. In Illinois, there have been 27 deaths and 368 intensive care unit hospitalizations, according to the Illinois Dept. of Public Health.

It is not too late to get the vaccine, which takes two weeks to kick in. Flu season could last through March, or longer.