As flu cases spike, late rush for vaccinations

January 15, 2013
by Ellen Jean Hirst and Patrick Svitek
Chicago Tribune


Worried he'd catch the flu and pass it to his two young sons, Jim McGarry decided he'd finally get vaccinated Tuesday afternoon.

"My wife said, 'Hey, you should get this,'" said McGarry, 36, of Chicago, who has a preschooler and a 9-month-old.

But he knows he may be too late. His older son stayed home from school Tuesday, McGarry said, sharing a cellphone picture of the rosy-cheeked boy sleeping on the couch. While he isn't sure his son has the flu, he wouldn't be surprised.



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