Nebraska Reports Pediatric Flu Deaths, Urges Early Tamiflu Use and Vaccine Availability

OMAHA, Neb. — The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has reported a total of three deaths in the state this flu season, with two of them being pediatric influenza-related deaths. This adds to the 20 children’s deaths from the flu that have been reported nationwide by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In response to the rising number of flu-related deaths, the Nebraska DHHS recommends using antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu as early as possible for those experiencing flu symptoms. It’s worth noting that Tamiflu can be administered to individuals as young as 2 weeks old. For individuals without symptoms, the DHHS emphasizes the importance of practicing common preventative measures, including regular handwashing and avoiding close contact with sick individuals.

Despite the increase in flu-related deaths, the flu vaccine is still available and continues to be a crucial tool in preventing the spread of the flu virus. People of all ages are encouraged to get vaccinated as a proactive measure against the flu.

It’s important to stay informed about the latest developments and guidelines regarding the flu, especially given the severity of the current flu season. Measures such as seeking early treatment for flu symptoms and getting vaccinated can significantly reduce the risk of illness and complications.

In summary, Nebraska has reported three deaths, including two pediatric influenza-related deaths, in the current flu season. The national death toll for children from the flu has reached 20, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The use of antiviral drugs like Tamiflu is recommended for those with flu symptoms, and the flu vaccine is still available for individuals seeking to protect themselves from the virus.