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Flu activity rising in Douglas County

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Posted at 2:47 PM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 15:47:37-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) says 528 lab-confirmed cases of influenza were reported last week, with cases continuing to increase.

While influenza A is the predominate strain circulating in Douglas County, a noticeable rise in influenza B was reported.

According to the DCHD, there have been three outbreaks in long-term care facilities, along with a rise of outpatient visits, emergency department visits, hospital admissions and percent of children absent from school due to illness.

A total of 1,593 lab-confirmed cases of influenza have been reported since Sept. 29, 2019 with 528 cases reported last week.

Elevated flu activity is expected to continue for weeks. The DCHD says it's not too late to get vaccinated and it's the best way to reduce risk from the flu and its possibly serious complications.

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