Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were much lower in Chicago than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends.
Overall in Chicago, activity is considered high now, while it was considered moderate at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends.
If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in the area that offer the vaccine (besides your own doctor, of course):
Walgreens: 1403 Waukegan Rd., Glenview
Walgreens: 3301 Glenview Rd, Glenview
Dominick's: 1340 Patriot Blvd Glenview
Walgreens: 1050 Waukegan Rd, Northbrook
CVS Pharmacy: 936 Willow Rd, Northbrook
According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country.
Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee – are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The flu season normally peaks in January and February.
Holiday travel and more time spent indoors due to soggy weather will contribute to the spread of the flu virus, so now is the time to get vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following information: