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Medical
7:45 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Area hospitals asking to limit visits amid flu season

Peoria’s hospitals are asking people to limit visits during the heightened part of the flu season.  OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and UnityPoint Health Methodist-Proctor say the request is voluntary, but may change if necessary to reflect community health concerns.  Both hospitals request that anyone under 18 refrain from visiting to limit exposure to children. They also ask people to avoid visiting if they feel sick, to cough into a tissue and wash hands frequently. 

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Health
4:59 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Six flu-related deaths in Illinois so far this season

Flu activity in Illinois is considered widespread.  That means it's appeared in more than half of the state. So far, the Illinois Public Health Department says there have been more than one hundred twenty intensive care hospitalizations and six flu-related deaths this season. Spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says the numbers are lower than at this time last year. But more cases are showing up each day:

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Medical
3:05 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Peoria health officials: get vaccine before flu peak

The Peoria City/County Health Department is urging residents to get a flu shot before next month.  Administrator Greg Chance says even though flu activity is low in the Peoria-area, the flu season often peaks in January.  

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Health
5:01 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Young girl dies from flu in McLean County

Influenza has killed an eight year old girl in McLean County. This is only the second child death related to flu in the state this season. Kera Simon is a spokeswoman for the McLean County Health Department: 

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