Flu cases surge: What you need to know to stay healthy

Cheryl Sanders
January 5, 2019

According to the Weekly US Map: Influenza Summary Update from the CDC, Nebraska is now listed with "widespread" flu activity for the week ending December 22, 2018- Week 51.

The CDC expects that elevated flu activity will continue for weeks.

Dr. Rodriguez says flu season is expected to last from now until the end of March.

He said it was not too late to get the flu vaccine and urged vulnerable people in particular to get it.

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"She was a lovely little girl", her mother said.

But that's not to say flu hospitalizations will remain low for the remainder of the year.

The CDC released a report showing a chart that compares the symptoms of the two. People like Gene Hemshrot says he and his wife have gotten the flu shot every year for the past 20.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends everyone over the age of 6 months receives the flu vaccine.

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"What we need to do is to get everybody vaccinated as much as we can to help protect everybody else", Curtis Chafe, the chief of the board for the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia, told CTV Atlantic. While the vaccine was discovered in 1942, its production was not truly beneficial until 1972, when the World Health Organization (WHO) developed better technology to identify the viral strains infecting people. "They are always at the highest risk of death along with the very elderly", Skolnik said. Individuals with naïve or suppressed immune systems are the most susceptible to the flu. "Getting the flu vaccine is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting influenza".

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw away the tissue and wash your hands.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with flu germs.

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"It's too soon to make any assessment about this season's severity, however since this H1N1 virus emerged in 2009, it has been associated with significant illness and severe illness among young children", the CDC said in a report.

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