Another older Nebraskan has died of influenza, and state officials say influenza-related hospitalizations are increasing.
The latest report of a flu-related death comes from Lancaster County. The county resident was a woman older than 60 who had other health problems before she contracted the flu, officials said.
The woman died in late December. Earlier this week, the Douglas County Health Department reported that a Douglas County man in his 60s died of influenza on Dec. 23. He also had dealt with underlying health problems.
Influenza is widespread in the state, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, but the level of influenza-like illness in both Nebraska and Iowa is considered “minimal.” Iowa's influenza activity level is in the “regional” category, one step lower than “widespread.”
“It's still early in the flu season,” said Tim Timmons, the communicable disease program supervisor in the Lincoln-Lancaster Health Department. “It's too early to tell you when it's going to peak. At this point, we're seeing significantly increased activity from what it was three weeks ago.”
It's not too late to get a flu shot, Timmons said.