Lincoln, Nebraska – While the hospitals across the state of Nebraska are under total pressure of current Covid-19 wave, the state health officials officially reported the first Nebraska flu deaths this season.
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.
According to the health officials, one patient had Influenza B, while three other patients had Influenza A of which one person was also infected with Covid-19.
Since the country, as well as the state of Nebraska, is under total pressure from the current Covid-Omicron wave where hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, health experts urge Nebraskans that the best way to stay safe from flu is getting vaccinated with the seasonal vaccine.
The vaccine can reduce flu-related illnesses, visits to the doctor, missed work or school, and flu-related hospitalizations.
Just like the Covid-19 vaccines, flu vaccines can easily be found across the state of Nebraska. For more details about the flu vaccines, please visit the following link.
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.