AURORA, Ill. (AP) – Health officials are urging people to get vaccinated against the flu after a 3-year-old girl died of influenza in suburban Chicago.
The Kane County Health Department and the Kane County Coroner's office said this week that the child died on Dec. 21 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora.
The Daily Herald and WLS-TV report that this is the first confirmed death related to influenza in Illinois during the current flu season.
There have been influenza-related deaths in other states, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a widespread presence of the influenza virus in at least half of the country.
Symptoms of the flu may include fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, and tiredness. Health officials emphasize that vaccination can help prevent the flu.