CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- There may be one good effect from all the cold weather. Doctors say the frigid temperatures have indirectly put a small freeze on the flu virus.
URBANA -- Central Illinois' hospitals are taking extra precautions because of a surge in flu cases.
SPRINGFIELD -- Usually, anyone is welcome at the hospital, but now, some are asking people to stay home.
Latest: 10:04 pm, 1/14/14, Tuesday ILLINOIS -- More inmates are coming down with the flu.
SPRINGFIELD -- Flu cases are now reported widely in Illinois and the numbers are going up.
CHAMPAIGN -- It's that time of year when the flu starts to take people down, one by one.
URBANA -- As flu season sets in, people are lining up to beat it.
NATIONAL -- This year's flu shots are ready to go.
SPRINGFIELD -- Public health officials say four people have gotten sick in Illinois from a rare stomach bug.
DANVILLE -- A hospital is putting restrictions on its visitors.
MCLEAN COUNTY -- A child's death is a reminder flu season is not yet over.
URBANA -- More people with the flu means fewer people are donating blood.
TUSCOLA -- A preschool program closed for the day, thanks to flu season.
URBANA -- Doctors say it's not just the young and elderly who should get the flu shot.
CHAMPAIGN -- This year's flu season is off to an early start. Some people are more likely to have an allergic reaction to the flu shot.
CHAMPAIGN -- Health experts say flu season is starting up earlier than normal this year, and it's catching people off guard.
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URBANA -- Hundreds are getting ready for flu season.