OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Health officials in Omaha confirmed Friday that two children have died of complications from influenza this flu season.
The Douglas County Health Department says both deaths were in people under 18, but because of privacy laws it can’t release the names, ages, or address of the victims.
The announcement of the pediatric deaths follow the department’s report earlier in the week of two flu-related deaths in people over 65 years in Douglas County. The county has had 3,758 lab-confirmed flu cases this flu season.
The very young, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of complications from influenza. The flu season runs through April, so individuals – especially those in the higher risk areas – who have not gotten a flu shot yet should do so.