OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Monday marks the start of National Influenza Vaccination Week. The CDC started the initiative more than 10 years ago, urging everyone to get their flu shot.
Here in Omaha, Douglas County health officials say flu cases are increasing.
As of last week, 359 lab-confirmed influenza tests had been reported since Sept. 29.
The report also says flu-related hospital visits, emergency visits and the percentage of children missing school due to the flu have all increased.
Dr. Anne O’Keefe with the county health department says hand-washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting the flu.
"It's not too late to get the flu shot and it does take a couple weeks for your immune system to respond. But remember, there are three or four strains that could be circulating every year, so you've got three or four chances to get the flu."
O’Keefe says flu viruses circulate well into February and March.