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      Good news for the flu

      After a long cold winter and flu season, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. Officials at OSF St. Francis and Medical Group say flu season is finally over.

      Typically hitting its peak in February, flu season started abnormally early this year. In addition to the longer season, the number of patients testing positive for the virus was also higher than previous years. In an attempt to prevent it from spreading, the hospital required non vaccinated employees to wear a mask. But with signs of spring comes good news for the flu.

      â??We can petty safely predict that it is coming to an end,â?? said Jan Moberg, infection prevention specialist at OSF. â??So, right now weâ??re seeing very, very few positive influenza cases being reported right now.â??

      Although the flu is past us, the hospital still wants to encourage everyone to wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer frequently.