Nebraska girl dies from complications associated with flu

(MGN Online)

A local kindergarten is reporting a young girl in Merrick County died Sunday morning due to complications with influenza.

As of Jan. 13, 21 deaths in Nebraska have been linked to the virus, according to DHHS.

Health officials are warning to be aware of how to avoid this illness.

Right now, about 11 schools are at the elevated outbreak mark according to a current Nebraska Influenza Surveillance Report.

Health Officials say one way to prevent the seasonal flu is by getting a flu shot.

"Getting a flu shot and/or washing your hands really well," said Director of Two Rivers Health Department Jeremy Eschliman. "If you're sick with symptoms like mild fever, a cough, runny nose, fatigue, those are things that we definitely want to stay home if you are sick or if your children are sick."

"With influenza, some of the serious complications that can arise, we talk about death, hospitalization, but some less severe things like bronchitis, ear infections, other respiratory type symptoms can commonly occur. So, that's why it's so important we take steps to prevent influenza, " he said.

Health officials also say people are more likely to die from the flu here in Nebraska, than other illnesses like the Zika Virus or Ebola.

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