H1N1 flu cases rising in Chicago area

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
By Paul Martin

Leah Hope
January 13, 2014

Flu cases are on the rise in the Chicago area, and on Monday night, some hospitals had precautions in place to help prevent virus from spreading.

Some would-be visitors to local hospitals may be asked to not visit. All Advocate hospitals are banning visitors with flu-like symptoms, including Advocate Good Shepard Hospital in Barrington, which began a ban on visitors with flu-like symptoms on Friday.

“We don’t know if the flu season is peaking right now, it could be peaking or it’s possible that it could get worse before it gets better. That’s why we are very cautious and need to be very vigilant,” said Dr. Charlotte Ellenbogan.

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