OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Amid the ongoing pandemic, the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) provided its weekly influenza surveillance report.
DCHD provided the following key points:
- Influenza activity continues to be low in Douglas County.
- Laboratory confirmed flu activity reported by clinical laboratories across the United States remains low.
- Throughout the summer and early fall months, there was a very low level of influenza activity. It is not uncommon to see sporadic lab-confirmed cases reported during this time.
- Public health experts urge everyone to get the flu vaccine this year. CDC data on flu vaccination showed that overall flu vaccination coverage during 2019 to 2020 was 52 percent.
- Everyone six months and older should receive a yearly flu vaccine.
Since September 27, DCHD said there has been one positive PCR test for influenza A and three rapid influenza diagnostic tests. The results of the latter confirmed two cases of influenza B and one case of influenza A.
No flu-related deaths have been reported this season.