The first laboratory confirmed case of Influenza A has been identified in an 11 month old in Hall County. The Central District Health Department advises citizens to get vaccinated and cover coughs.
"Since receiving this report, we have 2 additional laboratory confirmed cases of Influenza in our area," says Katie Wichman, community health nurse at the CDHD. "Influenza is in our community, and all we need to be practicing proper hand washing and coughing/sneezing etiquette to prevent the spread."
Because many cases of the flu are diagnosed based on symptoms it is hard to say how many people have actually contracted the flu. Wichman says, "Nonetheless, Influenza season is in its prime right now."
Symptoms of the flu:
Ways to stay healthy and prevent the spread:
For more information or to receive your flu shot, call the CDHD at 308.385.5175 or go to www.cdhd.ne.gov.