OMAHA — Four more adults have died from flu-related illnesses in Douglas County, officials said.
The update, from the week that ended Saturday, brings the total number of influenza deaths among Douglas County adults to six. All were 65 or older.
Last week, county health officials announced two children had died because of the flu. The county did not release their ages.
Last flu season, one child and 17 adults died from the illness, according to the Douglas County Health Department.
Nebraska, like most of the country, is experiencing widespread flu activity, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Flu activity is still high in Douglas County, officials said, but the number of reported cases decreased in the past week. More than 4,000 lab-confirmed cases of influenza have been reported in the county this season.
Outbreaks have been reported in local long-term care facilities and a correctional facility.
The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine, especially pregnant women, anyone older than 65 and people with chronic illnesses.
It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine, Douglas County health officials said. Even when the vaccine doesn’t prevent the flu, it generally reduces the severity of the illness. The vaccine takes two weeks before it provides full protection from influenza.