Weather Forecast

Click for Grant, Nebraska Forecast

Flu activity rapidly increasing in Nebraska PDF Print E-mail

Vaccination important for everyone–especially those at risk for serious complications.
Flu activity is increasing in Nebraska. Two flu-related deaths have been reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services so far this season and hospitalizations are also on the rise.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu vaccine for everyone six months and older.             Because flu can be especially severe during pregnancy, the CDC surveys pregnant women to see if they are immunized.    More than 80 percent of pregnant women in Nebraska who were advised to get the flu shot did. Among all new moms during the 2010-2011 flu season, 73.5 percent received flu vaccine, ranking Nebraska second out of 21 states according to CDC data.
DHHS uses multiple surveillance systems to track flu viruses, including sentinel physicians who report the number of people with flu-like illness weekly, lab tests, school surveillance, hospital data, emergency department data and death reporting. Surveillance shows where the flu is and how fast it’s spreading across the state.