(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed this week in Illinois as Fire Prevention Week, which coincides with National Fire Prevention Week and commemorates the Great Chicago Fire that caused devastating damage and killed more than 250 people back in 1871. The theme this year is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware – Fire Can Happen Anywhere.” Firefighters all across the state are out visiting schools to teach students the importance of fire safety, emergency preparedness, and how to reduce the risks of starting a fire. More than 100 people died needlessly as a result of fire in Illinois last year and education is the key when it comes to saving lives. For more details on fire safety, check the website online, at www.nfpa.org.
(SPRINGFIELD) As soon as the influenza vaccine is available, the Illinois Department of Public Health recommends everyone six months and older be vaccinated. Health officials say that while the normal shots are available this year, the nasal spray flu vaccine is once again available after two years. The flu activity in Illinois peaks between December and February, although the flu season can drag on and last as late as May. To locate where the flu vaccine is available, go online at www.vaccinefinder.org or contact your doctor or local hospital or clinic. For more on influenza in general, check the state website, at www.dph.illinois.gov.