Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn reminds state residents to get annual flu shots

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CHICAGO — Illinois Governor Pat Quinn got an annual flu shot in part to help remind residents around the state about the importance of an annual vaccination.

Quinn received his shot Tuesday from a Walgreens pharmacist. His office says it's part of his agenda to improve the health and well-being of the people of Illinois.

The Chicago Democrat is encouraging residents to "to get to their nearest Walgreens or local pharmacy as soon as possible."

The Illinois Department of Public Health recommends that everyone six months of age and older get vaccinated for influenza every year. Officials say approximately 784 flu-related admissions were reported in Illinois hospital intensive care units during the 2013-2014 flu season, resulting in 100 deaths.

Quinn who is making a re-election bid against Republican Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur).

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