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Flu and RSV cases surging in Illinois


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Experts are concerned for two respiratory illnesses on the rise: influenza and respiratory syncytial virus. RSV is of particular concern right now, as cases among children are being diagnosed much earlier than usual, and pediatric hospitals are already feeling overwhelmed with patients. In addition, doctors are on the lookout to see if a new COVID-19 variant develops this winter, which has happened in the previous two winters of the epidemic.


Dr. Larry Kociolek

Infectious Diseases Physician and Medical Director of Infectious Prevention and Control, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Dr. Vidya Sundareshan 

Professor and Chief of Infectious Diseases • SIU School of Medicine Medical Advisor • Sangamon County Department of Public Health

Dr. Robert Healy 

Associate Chief Medical Officer of Quality, Carle Health System