Douglas County has its first confirmed flu case of the season. The patient is a woman over 50 and she is hospitalized.
“The flu virus is notoriously difficult to predict but it is here and a flue shot is your best protection,” said Douglas County Heath Director Dr. Adi Pour. “Last year our flu season began in October but didn’t peak until the middle of January.”
It is recommended that everyone over six months of age get the flu vaccine but it is particularly important for some people, including pregnant women, children, adults over 65 and people with chronic lung disease, asthma or diabetes. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to develop your immunity so the sooner a person receives a shot the sooner they will be protected.
There are options this year. There is a vaccine to protect against three strains of flu and other that protects against four strains. There is a third vaccine available for those who are allergic to eggs.