A 12-year-old from Beatrice, Nebraska, has died of flu complications, health officials said Friday, as the number of influenza cases in the state continues to rise.
The child died on Wednesday at Public Health Solutions District Health Department in Crete
So far, four more flu-related deaths have been reported in Nebraska during this flu season.
These four were adults and three were over 65 years old.
Douglas County reported the first flu death of the season last week. This person had other chronic diseases, health officials said.
One of the other three Nebraskans who died from the flu was in the jurisdiction of Sarpy / Cass Health Department.
Nebraska is one of the 1
145 flu cases were reported in Douglas County last week compared to 57 cases in the previous week. Persons between the ages of 5 and 24 were the most affected and accounted for 62 percent of confirmed cases.
No cases of flu deaths have been reported in Iowa so far this season.
People older than 65 years have a higher probability of complications related to the disease.
A flu shot is the best protection against influenza. The shot may also reduce the severity of the disease among those who become ill despite vaccination.
Health officials remind people to wash their hands frequently to reduce the spread of the disease.