WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) - Flu season is here and some local schools have noticed more and more students missing class.
Nebraska is experiencing a high activity level in flu-like illness so far this season.
“Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands," said Dr. Christopher Ross, MercyHealth.
With flu season is in full force, students are experiencing the biggest impact.
"Parents, if your children are sick don't send them to school they need to be feeling better and without a fever, for 24 to 48 hours before they should go back," Ross said.
So far this year Winnebago County has seen 600 cases of the flu, 200 of those occurred in the last week.
"The flu can be severe enough to take a life so we have to take it seriously for sure," Ross said.
The Winnebago County Health Department says it's not too late to get a flu shot.
"All Winnebago County residents aged six months and older should be vaccinated for flu each year. in addition to vaccination, practicing the 3 c's will help prevent the spread of influenza by cleaning hands often, covering coughs, and containing germs by staying home when sick," said Todd Kisner, Winnebago County Health Department.
Rockford Public School officials say they've seen higher than usual absences.
Kisner says anyone can get sick with influenza, even healthy people. Influenza is an airborne virus that can be spread when a person that has the virus coughs or sneezes.
"Please stay home. The way you are going to spread it around the community is by you going out and trying to put on a brave face against this disease, it's just not worth it," Ross said.
Harlem School District and Boylan Catholic High School have not noticed a drop in attendance because of the flu.