(OLNEY) The influenza activity level in Illinois remains widespread as the most recent report from the Illinois Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention shows 1,032 influenza-related Intensive Care Unit admissions, two flu-related pediatric deaths, and 285 influenza outbreaks. Health officials say the most common influenza strain circulating in Illinois and across the country has been an influenza A strain, H3N2, which tends to cause more severe illness, however other strains, like influenza B, can become more common later in the season. The same health officials say it’s still not too late to get a flu shot to help protect against the flu strains circulating this season. In addition to getting a flu shot, the IDPH recommends following the 3 C’s : clean, cover, and contain : CLEAN – frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water : COVER – cover all coughs and sneezes : CONTAIN – contain all germs by staying at home if sick. For more information, check the IDPH website online at www.idph.state.il.us.