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CDC Flu Announcement


Health Advisory Issued on Severe Strain of Flu in Young and Middle Aged Adults

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health advisory on Dec. 24 regarding early reports of a severe strain of influenza (pH1N1) in young and middle aged adults, with multiple associated hospitalizations. Many of the hospitalized patients required intensive care. Some fatalities have been reported. Influenza activity is expected to increase during the next few weeks.


All vaccine formulations this season contain a pH1N1 component. CDC recommends annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older. Based on current influenza activity with pH1N1, anyone who has not yet been vaccinated this season should get an influenza vaccine now. Illinois State Board of Education encourages all school staff to obtain vaccination against influenza, if medically possible.


Visit the CDC’s Seasonal Influenza webpage at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm for a variety of resources. General information is also available on the Illinois Department of Public Heath’s site at http://www.idph.state.il.us/flu/index.htm, including an “If You Get Sick …” link and vaccine facts and recommendations.