It is flu season.
And, the state’s top doctor advises you to get your flu shot before you get too busy during the Christmas/New Year’s holiday season.
Some southern states have reported spikes in flu cases.
Nebraska Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Joann Schaefer says Nebraska hasn’t experienced a big uptick, yet.
“But what that tells us is that it’s a good time to remind everyone to get that flu shot, especially before the holidays kick in for Christmas and New Year’s where people are going to be around each other and illness spreads so quickly,” Schaefer tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Schaefer says it spreads, because we’re out visiting much more than normal during the Christmas-New Year’s holiday period. The height of the flu season normally comes at the end of January.
While the state as a whole hasn’t experienced a bit increase in the number of flu cases reported, there have been increases in some Nebraska communities, according to Schaefer. She reminds residents that people often spread the flu long before the symptoms disclose they have it.
Click here for a link to more information from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services about the flu.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports