CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois officials are urging people to get their annual flu shots.
The state is reminding residents that National Influenza Vaccination Week starts Sunday.
The Illinois Department of Public Health recommends flu shots for everyone six months and older. The department says it's especially important for young children, pregnant women, chronically ill patients and people 65 and older because of the possibility of serious complications if they get sick with the flu.
Public health director Dr. Damon Arnold says getting vaccinated is the best way to avoid the flu.