Flu Deaths on the Rise in Nebraska
First Death Reported in Douglas County
Omaha, NE - A Douglas County woman who died from influenza did not get vaccinated for the flu. It's the first flu-death in the county this year; the seventh in the state.
The Douglas County health department reported the woman's death Friday. She was over 65 and had been hospitalized with flu symptoms. Health Director Dr. Adi Pour says the death is a reminder that people die from the flu every year.
The first flu cases of this season were reported in Douglas County in October. Since then, more than 1,000 cases have been confirmed.
The Centers for Disease Control reports flu has now spread to 48 states and the number of elderly people hospitalized has risen significantly.
Doctors advise patients to get the flu vaccine.