CDC Report: Illinois flu risk is 'high'

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The flu is on the rise for much of the county, and it may impact Illinois more than other states.

Illinois is one of 19 states considered "high-risk" for flu, according to a report​ from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report measures Influenza-like illness activity, giving each state a designation from minimal to high. Since the last report, the number of states with high-risk flu activity has more than doubled from nine.

The CDC says 13 children have died during the 2018-19 flu season, which began in October and could run through May. Last season, the CDC estimates around 79,000 people died from flu.

According to the CDC some of the symptoms of flu include:
-Fever or feverish chills
-Sore throat
-Runny or stuffy nose
-Muscle or body aches
-Vomiting or diarrhea

If you are still looking to get a flu shot, the Winnebago County Health Department offers vaccinations Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment.

To find other places that offer flu shots near you, click here​.