OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has reported two pediatric influenza-related deaths and three deaths in total in the state this season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 20 children have died from the flu this season nationwide.
The Nebraska DHHS is advising the use of antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu as early as possible for individuals experiencing flu symptoms. Tamiflu can be administered to children as young as 2 weeks old. For those who do not have symptoms, common preventative measures such as frequent hand washing and avoiding contact with sick individuals are recommended.
It is important to note that the flu vaccine is still available for those who have not yet received it. The Nebraska DHHS underscores the importance of vaccination as a crucial step in protecting against the flu, especially for vulnerable populations such as children.
In light of the recent flu-related deaths, health officials are urging the public to take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the flu. This includes staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and seeking medical attention if flu symptoms develop.
The impact of the flu can be severe, and it is important for individuals to be proactive in protecting themselves and others. The Nebraska DHHS continues to monitor the situation and provide updates on flu activity in the state.
In summary, two pediatric influenza-related deaths have been reported in Nebraska, contributing to a total of three deaths in the state this flu season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded a total of 20 children’s deaths from the flu nationwide. The Nebraska DHHS is emphasizing the importance of early antiviral treatment and flu vaccination to mitigate the spread and impact of the flu.