COOK COUNTY, Ill. — Several doctors with Cook County Health are concerned about a winter surge of both COVID-19 and influenza.

The group is hoping the upcoming holidays, including this weekend’s Halloween festivities, will be the motivation many need to get a series of shots they say will benefit immune systems and help reduce the spread of disease.

The medical professionals held a press conference Tuesday to discuss the importance of COVID boosters and flu vaccinations.

According to the Chicago Department of Public Health data, as of Oct. 19, more than 239,000 doses of the updated booster have been administered to Chicagoans. 

Of those, 57% have gone to White/non-Latinx residents, 17% to Black/non-Latinx residents, 14% to Latinx residents, and 8% to Asian residents. In addition, 37% of doses have gone to residents age 60 or older. 

Overall, roughly 13% of eligible Chicagoans have received the updated vaccine so far.

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