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Nebraska, Omaha flu cases may outpace last year

Posted: 5:22 PM, Jan 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-25 01:17:54Z

Reflecting a national trend , local doctors say they're seeing an up-tick in flu cases around the metro .

As of Tuesday, Douglas County reports more than 800 influenza cases, which is on pace for about 1,100 — the highest total for January in six years. According to a Jan. 19 state report , 3,800 people have tested positive for the flu this season — 25 percent of them during the week of Jan. 7-13. 

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Local pediatricians say the uptick could be because the flu shot covers about 60 percent of strains.

Boys Town Pediatrics  has seen 130 more flu cases at their clinics this year compared to last year .

"Some of it is the strains of flu that are circulating and certainly this year there are some strains that have evolved that aren't in the flu vaccine," said Dr. Greg Penny with Boys Town Pediatrics. "So, we're starting to see some cases some breakthrough cases in the vaccinated population."

Dr. Penny said it's not too late to get a flu shot, and recommends making sure you and your children wash hands frequently.

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Flu can be deadly, particularly for children and the elderly. The most recent DHHS report states 21 influenza-associated deaths have occurred among adults this season. 

Among the state's youngest flu victims was 5-year-old Lily Kershaw of Silver Creek, who died Jan. 21 .