According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the flu level in the state is “widespread”, the highest level defined by HHS. The level shows that outbreaks of influenza are showing up in at least half of the regions in the state.
Tracy Eveland, Vaccine and Emergency Response Coordinator with the Sandhills District Health Department in Ogallala, says it is not too late to get vaccinated. She says a flu vaccination is recommended for all people ages 6 months and older and pregnant women.
Eveland says there are other ways to help prevent the spread of the flu, as well, including good hand-washing, using antibacterial gels if you cannot wash your hands, and staying away from large crowds or individuals who are obviously sick. For those that feel ill, Eveland says you should stay home from work or school until you are without fever for 24 hours or until other symptoms such as coughing and sneezing are improved.