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UPDATED 1:40 p.m. | District 87 schools have seen a surge in absences due to students having the flu.

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Health officials in McLean County say flu season has been relatively mild this fall.

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Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal and Advocate Eureka Hospital are the latest medical facilities to enact visitor restrictions because of a rise in flu cases.

Advocate officials released a statement Tuesday that visitors younger than 18 will not be allowed in any inpatient areas until further notice. The hospitals are only allowing two visitors in any patient room at a time, and they are telling anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue to avoid trying to visit patients.

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OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington is one of at least three medical facilities in Central Illinois that are asking the public to limit visits due to a spike in flu cases.

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A new Illinois statute aims to boost flu shot rates among healthcare workers by making it harder for employees to decline the vaccine.

Lawmakers say this is important in light of last year’s flu season that killed more people than car crashes and drug overdoses. But some on the frontlines of public health worry that a law that’s not enforced will have little effect.