Health officials are urging people to get their flu shots soon because flu cases are already appearing around the states. Illinois and Indiana medical professionals say residents should "take steps quickly to protect themselves and their loved ones" because the flu can be deadly. Vulnerable populations include the elderly, pregnant women, young children and people with chronic illnesses or compromised immune systems.
Area county health departments have announced their flu clinics schedules. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu vaccinations be offered by late October. It takes about two weeks for protective antibodies to develop in the body.
Flu shots can also be obtained through primary care providers and many pharmacies.