Illinois Prepares For Fall Flu Season
Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold and other public health and emergency preparedness officials began planning at the 2009 Illinois Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Summit this week for the upcoming flu season as H1N1 flu continues to circulate.
“This week, public health and emergency preparedness officials from all over the world gathered together for the 2009 Illinois Public Health Emergency Preparedness Summit to share ideas and learn about responding to a public health emergency, such as the H1N1 flu pandemic,” said Dr. Arnold.
“It is possible the impact of H1N1 may worsen in the fall during the regular flu season. The Illinois Department of Public Health will continue to prepare for the possibility of a more severe outbreak of H1N1 flu in the fall and is currently updating the state’s pandemic preparedness plans using lessons learned from this spring.’
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting 3,357 confirmed and probable cases of H1N1 influenza in Illinois, including 15 deaths.
County breakdown of Illinois H1N1 influenza related deaths:
* 6 – Chicago
* 6 – Suburban Cook County
* 1 – Kane County
* 1 – Lake County
* 1 – LaSalle County