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Widespread Flu Outbreak in Nebraska

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Nebraska is one of 25 states with a widespread outbreak of the flu. Local medical personnel said it is not too late to get a flu shot and vaccination could lessen the severity of influenza or help not to contract it entirely.

"The influenza bug has hit, it is here." "On set fever, generally feeling really bad, body aches, upper repertory illness, coughing, runny noses, sore throats, headaches." These can all be symptoms of the flu.

"We have seen the demand of our flu shot increase in the past month," said Physician's Assistant David Blauvelt from First Care in Kearney.

 "Over the holidays you are with more people and in closed areas people don't want to stay home if they are sick to miss out on the fun," said Director Terry Krohn of Two Rivers Public Health Department out of Holdrege.

All of the medical experts said to stay home if sick, wash hands thoroughly and often, cover coughs and sneezes and of course first and for most get the flu shot yearly.  "If they do have sudden onset of symptoms I would recommend Tylenol, Ibuprofen there are multi–symptom that can be used that can help relieve some of the aches and pains that are associated with influenza," said Blauvelt.

"We are starting to see lots of prescriptions for antiviral medications and cough medications," said Jerry Jensen a Pharmacist at Medicap in Kearney.

They are however not seeing nearly the numbers of flu viruses as last year, yet.

"We are still seeing this swine flu... but what they have done with the vaccination they have incorporated swine flu into the vaccination that they are treating the other h1n3 or h2h1 or those different types of viruses," said Blauvelt.

"The vaccine is a very good match for the viruses that are surfacing," said Krohn.

Medical Professionals say young adults are being hard hit and added to not forget to "be diligent and wash your hands and cover your coughs and sneezes and wash your hands," said Jensen.

 Pharmacies can see anyone from six months of age and older to get a flu shot. If symptoms don't improve over a five day period, go see the doctor.

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