The Illinois Department of Public Health says it's time to start thinking about getting your annual flu shot.
Public health spokesperson Melaney Arnold says everyone six months and older should get a flu shot. Health experts say flu deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people each year. They say during a regular flu season, about 90 percent of deaths occur in people 65 years and older. Flu season in Illinois typically runs from October thru as late as May. The peak flu time in Illinois is usually in January and February. Arnold says it takes about two weeks after receiving the vaccine for antibodies to build up in the body, so it is important to get the vaccine before you start seeing flu activity.