Illness and Flu Reports
The Central District Health Department wants to keep you from getting sick with the flu!
The flu season in Central Nebraska usually runs from the early fall through late winter. Last year saw more flu than previous years. We encourage you to get a flu shot in the fall to lessen your risk of severe illness from the flu. When flu shots become available, we will post that information here. Please check back soon.
Here are some resources on the flu, where you can get state numbers and how to protect yourself:
The severity of the flu can change from year to year. If you would like to see an interactive chart about flu season for the past few years, you can find that here.
Key Updates for week 5, ending 02/03/24:
• Most common strain was H1N1, followed by H3N2 virus and Victoria Linage for Influenza B.
• During week 5 15.8% of respiratory specimens tested for influenza by clinical laboratories were positive.
• During week 5, 4.4% of patient visits reported nationwide through ILINet were due to ILI. This percentage is above the national baseline of 2.9%.
• 8 influenza-associated deaths were reported in pediatric patients during week 5; total number this season is now 74.
• CDC estimates that from October 1, 2023, through February 3, 2024, there have been 22 million illnesses, 250,000 hospitalizations, and 15,000 deaths due to flu.
• Data to date suggest that vaccination uptake among adults and children this season is down compared to the same time last season.