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State health officials urge everyone to get a flu shot

SPRINGFIELD – State health officials are urging Illinoisans to get a flu vaccine, saying it is more important than ever that the public braces for a dual outbreak of flu and COVID-19 this fall and winter.

“There is the potential that people could become co-infected with both flu and COVID-19,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said. “Although a COVID-19 vaccine is still being developed and tested, we do have a vaccine to combat this season’s anticipated flu viruses. I want to challenge everyone to roll their #SleeveUp and show us you that you’ve received your flu shot and are committed to protect those around you.”

Officials urge social media users to show their support by using the hashtag #SleeveUp on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok to “show you care about the health of those around you and are doing your part to #FightFlu.

The plea comes as the state reported 49,513 tests and 1,617 cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. The state’s rolling seven-day positivity rate is 3.4.%.

Officials are also reminding the public to wear face coverings and watch their distance, especially around people who are at higher risk of developing serious flu complications.

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