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The Quad Cites is getting sicker by the day, with more and more people succumbing to the widespread winter foe, Influenza. 

A Trinity spokesperson says in the last weeks of December and into January, they have seen 63 people pass through their doors - all diagnosed with some form of the flu. 

And with so many people traveling over the holiday break, the illness can spread far and wide in the blink of an eye. 

"It seems to be worse in the South, "says Lisa Caffery, Infection Prevention Coordinator at Genesis West, "People traveled to the South and traveled back to the North. That's how it spreads."

Despite the growing number of flu cases in the QCA, Genesis Health System has given out nearly 35,000 flu shots over the last few months. 

This could help protect the public in the long run, even those who chose not to get vaccinated. 

Caffery adds, "If we all get the shot, we protect them with something called cocooning." 

This is also known as herd vaccination. It occurs when a large portion of a population get vaccinated for an virus and because they did, it prevents the disease from spreading. 

But flu vaccinations are not 100% effective, so doctors are strongly urging anyone without a flu shot yet, to simply get one. 

Caffery explains, " It takes about two weeks to become effective so if you get it now, you still will have plenty of protection for the season."

 

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