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12-year-old from Beatrice dies of flu-related complications, health officials say

December 29, 2018

A 12-year-old from Beatrice, Nebraska, has died of complications from the flu, health officials said Friday as the number of flu cases continues to rise across the state.

The child died Wednesday, according to the Public Health Solutions District Health Department in Crete.

Four other flu-related deaths have been reported in Nebraska so far this flu season.

Those four people were adults, and three were older than 65.

Douglas County reported its first flu-related death of the season last week. That person had other chronic diseases, health officials said.

One of the other three Nebraskans who died of the flu was in the Sarpy/Cass Health Department’s jurisdiction.

Nebraska is among 11 states experiencing widespread flu activity, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last week, 145 flu cases were reported in Douglas County, compared with 57 cases the week prior. People between the ages of 5 and 24 have been the most affected, accounting for 62 percent of confirmed cases so far.

Iowa has had no reported flu deaths so far this season.

Those older than 65 are more likely to experience complications related to the illness.

Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect against influenza. The shot also can lessen the severity of the illness among those who get it despite being vaccinated.

Health officials remind people to wash their hands frequently to reduce the spread of disease.

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