Influenza is now classified as widespread in Nebraska. Dr. Katie Vollmuth is a pediatrician at Alegent-Creighton Clinic in Gretna and says over the past few weeks the numbers of cases have increased. The symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, cough and sore throat. Dr. Vollmuth says it hits fast and furious and those who come down with it have no doubt it is more than a common cold.
Dr. Vollmuth says those who did get a flu shot are not immune to getting it but the vaccine may reduce the symptoms or duration. She says the flu season is far from over and there is still time to get some protection by getting a vaccine and the sooner the better. It does take about two weeks for the vaccine to kick in and protect a person from the illness.
For those getting the flu it takes about seven days for it to run its course. There is prescription medication available that can shorten the duration if it is caught within the first 36 hours.