Dr. Thomas Safranek, state epidemiologist with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, says the risk of getting sick remains high.
“The numbers are coming down. They’re not coming down dramatically, so we have kind of a slow reduction in the amount of flu that we’re seeing week in and week out,” Safranek tells Nebraska Radio Network.
He says getting a flu shot at this point probably would not be effective, but he suggests taking preventive measures.
“We need to make sure that we use a good hand wash, or even an alcohol hand rub, to reduce infectious viruses on our hands,” he says. “People who get sick need to isolate themselves from other people.”
The latest surveillance report shows 76 flu-associated deaths in adults and one in a child have been reported for the season, so far.
“We’re at a real high level this year, and it may be one of the highest we’ve ever seen,” Safranek explains. “It came early and it’s lasted for a long time. Really, one of the big drivers has been a very big spike in Influenza B in the latter part of the influenza season.”
The surveillance report shows a nearly equal number of cases of type A influenza as type B this season.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:36]