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Douglas Co. Health Board provides influenza report

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Posted at 11:53 AM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 12:53:53-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Amid the ongoing pandemic, the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) provided its weekly influenza surveillance report.

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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.

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No flu-related deaths have been reported this season.

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