Tue January 14, 2014
Flu activity widespread in Nebraska
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says flu activity is widespread.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph Acierno says there were 124 confirmed flu cases and three deaths as of January 4th. He says there’s no indication that Nebraska’s flu season will be out of the ordinary.
"It has not fallen out of line of anything we’ve seen before. We know the virus that seems to be circulating predominantly is the H1N1 virus, and that’s the one that seems to be identified this year as the one that seems to be spreading a little more. But I don’t find this season to be different from those in the past."
Dr. Acierno says it isn’t too late to get a flu shot, and it takes about two weeks after doing to so build up an immunity. He says this year’s flu season could last in to May.
Children under age five, the elderly, and people with underlying health conditions are most likely to become seriously ill from the flu.