Flu Season in the Tri-Cities

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HASTINGS, NE - According to a recent study done by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, influenza outbreaks are on the rise. This is keeping local physicians on their toes this flu season.

You hear it all the time--"get your flu shot"--but is it really necessary? One local nurse says getting vaccinated needs to be a priority as the virus is becoming more prominent in Central Nebraska.

"Central District Health Department covers Hall, Hamilton and Merrick counties and we are seeing those numbers go up. Of course we recommend vaccination. Getting your flu vaccination is always important, but the other thing is staying home when you're sick," said Jonna Mangeot, Community Health Nurse at Central District Health Department.

A Hastings doctor agrees with this and says people should wait 24 hours after their fever has passed to return to work or school. Other than doing that and getting your flu shot, all other precautions are common sense.

"Just take care of yourself. Get plenty of sleep, try not to touch your hands to your face because that can introduce the virus into your respiratory passages," said Dr. David Schram, Family Medicine Physician.

Dr. Schram does say that patients who do get vaccinated can still get the virus, however, but their symptoms are often more mild and last for a shorter amount of time.