Omaha Public Radio News
2:38 am
Wed October 1, 2008

Flu season approaching

Omaha, NE – Flu season is approaching, and health officials say now is the time to get vaccinated.

There were more than 1,300 cases of the flu last year in Douglas County, with the earliest happening in December. Health Department Director Dr. Adi Pour says children, pregnant women, people over 65, health care workers, and those with chronic illnesses are most at risk of catching the flu.

Dr. Pour says two options are available for people wanting flu shots. One is the traditional vaccine. The other is a nasal spray called Flu Mist. It's recommended for healthy people ages two to 49.

There are simple ways to lower your chances of getting the flu. Dr. Pour says covering your mouth when you cough, washing your hands frequently and staying home when you're sick are all ways to prevent the spread of flu.