Cold and Flu Season After Challenging Flu Season Last Year, Health Officials Say Get Vaccine Early By Jaclyn Driscoll • 1 hour ago Last year brought a lot of flu activity across the state and this year health professionals are urging the public to roll up their sleeves and get flu shots early this year. McLean County Gets Flu Shots: How Effective Will They Be? By Eric Stock • Sep 17, 2018 Ted S. Warren, File / AP This year's flu vaccine is now available at the McLean County Health Department, and health officials hope it's more effective than last year's. Flu Season Appears To Be Peaking Early In Illinois By AP • Jan 8, 2018 Darron Cummings / AP State records show that the flu season in Illinois appears to be peaking early this year. Cold and Flu Season Takes Nasty Turn In Bloomington-Normal By Ryan Denham • Dec 20, 2017 Madison Kirkman / AP Images for National Council on Aging and Sanofi Pasteur 'Tis the season for family get-togethers and office Christmas parties—and that means lots of germs spreading around right in the middle of cold and flu season.