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Flu Still Widespread in Illinois; Keep Giving the Shot, Says IDPH
Posted on: 1/30/2018

The CDC groups flu influenza surveillance data into five categories:

  • Widespread
  • Regional
  • Local
  • Sporadic
  • No Activity
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Flu Shot

Illinois remains in the widespread category for flu – as it has been since early December 2017!

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), it’s not too late for patients to be given the flu shot, which still offers protection from the flu strains circulating this season. The shot not only protects the patient, but those who may be in contact with that patient.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the current flu vaccine's effectiveness to be about 30 percent, the agency continues to recommend the influenza vaccination as the best flu prevention strategy.

ISMS offers a handy one-look reference chart that organizes important vaccine information based on manufacturer, dosage, demographics, billing and diagnosis codes, and more. Access our 2017-2018 Influenza Formulation and Coding Guide*.

Also visit ISMS' comprehensive Immunizations and Vaccinations web page.

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