Doctor’s offices and health clinics across Nebraska are packed with people sneezing, hacking and sniffling as flu season is now at its worst.
Epidemiologist Dr. Ann Garvey says late February and early March is when flu season peaks and when it seems like just about everybody’s sick.
“We’re encouraging people to get vaccinated if they haven’t gotten vaccinated yet,” Garvey says. “If you are sick, make sure you’re staying home to prevent spreading illnesses to others. Wash your hands, it helps with influenza and other respiratory viruses or other illnesses that are going around and continue to cover your coughs and sneezes.”
Garvey notes that many Nebraskans may think it’s too late to get a flu shot now or that they’re all gone.
“If you haven’t got your vaccine, we would still encourage you to get vaccinated,” Garvey says. “We are still seeing activity.”
Last year’s flu season was a bit different as it was classified as a “worldwide pandemic” due to H1N1. Due to that classification, flu death numbers were reported statewide last year, but not this year.