Local

Experts encourage vaccination with flu cases rising

It's not too late to protect yourself with a flu shot, the McHenry County Department of Health advises.

With a surge of influenza cases nationwide, the health department is encouraging people six months of age or older to get the shot.

The latest report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the last week of December showed widespread flu activity in 25 states and Illinois, which have resulted in six pediatric deaths. Influenza-type illnesses have been reported in 19 other states.

Flu season typically runs through May, with cases hitting their peak in January and February. Once vaccinated, it takes the average person about two weeks to develop antibodies.

The vaccine is available at doctor's offices, clinics, pharmacies, grocery stores and other locations countywide.

For information, visit www.mcdh.info or www.cdc.gov.

Loading more

Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.