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First Nebraska flu deaths reported this season

Published: Jan. 19, 2022 at 11:25 AM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - State and local health authorities reported the first influenza-associated deaths of the season Wednesday.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Douglas County Health Department, Two Rivers Public Health Department, and Sarpy/Cass Health Department reported four deaths in all. All of the patients were older than 50.

One had Influenza B, and three had Influenza A — including one who was co-infected with COVID-19.

The health authorities said flu activity was elevated in the state and that the best protection is to get the annual flu vaccine. The vaccine can reduce flu-related illnesses, visits to the doctor, missed work or school, and flu-related hospitalizations.

The flu vaccine is easy to find. If you need help, check Vaccines.gov.

They offer this other advice on prevention measures:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue every time you cough or sneeze. Throw the used tissue in a wastebasket.
  • Practice non-pharmaceutical interventions If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve.
  • After coughing or sneezing, always clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Do not share eating utensils, drinking glasses, towels, or other personal items.
  • Clean your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, if possible.

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