First child death from the flu in Nebraska this season

January 25, 2018 GMT

LINCOLN- State health officials say a child in central Nebraska has died of complications from the flu.

The child’s identity is being kept private.

State epidemiologist Dr. Tom Safranek says this flu season has been particularly severe, both in the state and nationwide.

Dr. Safranek says, “We started seeing increased flu activity earlier than usual this year and flu continues to circulate at very high levels. During a severe flu season, we see more illness, hospitalizations and sadly more deaths.”

This marks the first child death from the flu in Nebraska this season, while there have also been 21 adult deaths. Nationwide, the CDC reports 30 children have died from the flu this season.

Safranek notes, while most children recover from the flu, some can have severe and sometimes fatal infections, but that has been rare in Nebraska.

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older.