Influenza-Related Deaths Reported in Nebraska, Urgent Call for Early Tamiflu Use and Preventative Measures

OMAHA, Nebraska – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed that there have been three flu-related deaths in the state so far this season, two of which were pediatric cases. This adds to the national total of 20 children’s deaths from the flu, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nebraska DHHS emphasizes the importance of early use of antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu for those displaying flu symptoms. It is advised that Tamiflu be administered as soon as possible, and it can be given to children as young as 2 weeks old. For individuals without symptoms, practicing preventive measures like regular handwashing and avoiding contact with sick individuals is recommended.

Furthermore, the flu vaccine is still available for those who have not yet been vaccinated. The department urges the public to take precautionary measures and get vaccinated to protect themselves and others from the flu virus.

It is crucial for individuals, especially parents and caregivers, to be aware of the symptoms of the flu and seek medical attention promptly if they or their children show any signs of illness. Timely treatment can help prevent the flu from progressing to severe complications.

Health officials across the country continue to monitor the flu season closely and provide guidance to the public on preventive measures and treatment options. It is important for everyone to stay informed and take necessary steps to safeguard their health during this flu season.