Public health officials encourage flu shots especially this year because of an increase in flu activity. (Photo used under Creative Commons from Flickr user USACE Europe District)
By The Associated Press
CHICAGO - State health officials say there's more flu activity this year than before and it's a good time to get a flu vaccine.
Both Gov. Pat Quinn and Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck received vaccines during an event Thursday in Chicago.
Hasbrouck says there's been more flu activity this year than years past. Flu season typically runs from October to May, with the peak around January.
Health officials say virtually everyone should get a vaccination each year to guard against new strains of the flu. The exceptions are babies under 6 months old and people who are allergic to the vaccine.
The virus can be spread through coughing, sneezing or touching objects carrying the virus, such as telephones and door knobs.