Influenza activity is increasing in Nebraska.
The West Central District Health Department would like to remind the public that getting their flu vaccine is more important than ever during the 2020-2021 flu season. Flu vaccinations are significant during this flu season to help reduce the overall impact of respiratory illnesses in our communities and possible burden on the healthcare system during COVID-19. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated each flu season.
Preventive Actions to Reduce Influenza in our area:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- If you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze – throw the tissue in the trash after you use it
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with viruses that cause flu
- Stay home when you are sick – If you or your child are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you and your child stay home at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except for medical care or other necessities. Fever should be gone without the need to use a fever-reducing medicine. The stay-at-home guidance for COVID-19 may be different. *Additional recommendations and precautions may be taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.*
- Get your flu shot each flu season. WCDHD currently offers the quadrivalent flu vaccine for any individual 6 months of age and older, to include a flu vaccine for those with an egg allergy. WCDHD participates in the Adult Immunization Program (AIP) and the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) where flu shots are available for all ages for those who are uninsured or underinsured.
For more information on Influenza (flu), visit the CDC website: