There is no place like home for the holidays – unless you have the flu. Creighton university Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Marvin Bittner recommends all Nebraskans who haven’t yet received a flu shot to get one now before all the holiday parties and family celebrations.
Dr. Bittner says, “Influenza spreads by the so-called droplet route. If you get between three and six feet of someone who has influenza or even somebody in the day or two before they get sick, you are at risk of getting one of these little droplets on you and getting influenza.”
Nebraskans have a choice – distance yourself six feet away from people at all times or get the flu shot. Dr. Bittner says report numbers have been low so far but it is well known just about every year there is a lot of flu in this part of the country. It takes about two weeks for the shot to become fully effective so now is a good time before the height of the holiday season.
Dr. Bittner says, “You don’t want to be the one who gets sick and then gives it to an older person who is frail and then ends up in a hospital or even in the grave.”
This is the 100th anniversary of the 1918 flu pandemic that infected nearly one-third of the world’s population. Millions of people died from the flu.