Around 80, 000 people died from the flu nationwide last year; the worst season in at least four decades according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
State Epidemiologist Doctor Tom Safranek says this year’s flu season isn’t expected to hit for at least a few more weeks; making now a good time to get a shot.
“We feel like it’s a good public health recommendation to get the flu vaccine at this point in time at the earliest opportunity,” says Safranek.
He says the Department of Health and Human services doesn’t expect influenza to hit Nebraska until early November, so residents have plenty of time to develop an immunity.
Safranek says its early to predict how severe this year’s season will be, but better safe than sorry.
“Right now, we don’t have any extraordinary news or information from the southern hemisphere or anything circulating now to suggest anything unusual, “says Safranek, “ but I hasten to say it was the same case last year.”