The number of flu cases in Nebraska is expected to bound over the next few days as so many people were in close contact with others during the Christmas holiday
The number of flu cases in Nebraska is expected to bound over the next few days as so many people were in close contact with others during the Christmas holiday. With plenty of New Year's Eve parties just ahead, epidemiologist Patty Quinlisk suggests even more people will be getting sick unless they practice good prevention techniques.
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Quinlisk suggest if you're sick, stay home from the New Year's Eve parties, so you don't spread the bug to friends and releatives.
State health officials are expecting a spike in reports of flu cases over the next several days as so many Nebraskans spent time with family and friends over Christmas break. Although it can be a difficult decision to skip a New Year's Eve parties, epidemiologist Patty Quinlisk advises sick people to stay home rather than put relatives and friends at risk.
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Nebraskans are encouraged to protect themselves from the flu by getting the flu shot and practicing good hygiene, like frequent hand washing.
With so many people in close contact at Christmas gatherings over the past week, state health officials expect a bounce in flu cases. Epidemiologist Patty Quinlisk says one key to avoid getting sick is practicing good hygiene.
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Flu season isn't expected to peak for about a month, so Quinlisk says it's still not too late to get a flu shot.
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