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Nebraska DHHS reports first flu death of season

Posted at 2:20 PM, Nov 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-03 15:20:49-04

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has reported the first flu death in the state in the 2017-2018 season. 

“Sadly an influenza-related death underscores the potential seriousness of the disease and the importance of vaccination to reduce the risk of illness, hospitalization and death,” said Dr. Tom Safranek, State Epidemiologist for DHHS.   

According to a release, the person who died was an adult over 65 in the Southeast area of the state. 

Currently, the flu is circulating at  a low level in Nebraska. 

In the 2016-2017 season, there were 58 flu-related deaths.