CREATED Jan. 12, 2013
Omaha, NE- The Nebraska Department of Health and Human services just released their latest report and it show flu cases are on the rise. As the epidemic spreads, so does awareness. It's prompting more people to get vaccinated.
Another life taken in Nebraska, a third victim dies of the flu. As of January 5th, Nebraska Department of Health confirms 302 flu cases.
"I'm a nurse practitioner, I've seen a lot of flu this season so i just wanted to make sure my kids were covered." Tara Peterson takes her son to get a shot, she says with the two strains going around, she isn't taking any chances.
The Visiting Nurses Association says this season more people waited to get a shot. Now this scare has vaccination locations crowded. Kris Stapp is the vice president of communications for the VNA, "The flu shot that some forgot to get, they're remembering to get now." She says people are aware of the flu related deaths and don't want to take any chances. "Influenza is really tough to anticipate and years can be very quiet or there can be a lot of illness and this is one where we are seeing a lot of illness."
Brenda Lukis is trying to avoid the illness this season, she brings her whole family to get vaccinated. "We heard about the deaths so that prompted us to get a shot earlier than planned."
On January 12th, the VNA had an abundant of vaccine and instead of sending it back to distribution, they offered it to the public. While no one enjoys the stick of the needle, parents say its worth it to keep their families safe. It's not too late to get a flu shot. Although supplies are limited at some locations, many pharmacies do accept walk-ins.