COLUMBUS – As the new year begins, and the holiday season comes to an end, one season that isn’t going away anytime soon is flu season.
At least ten flu-related deaths have been reported throughout the state of Nebraska this winter, with potentially more to come as peak flu season approaches. Columbus has had its own flu issues as well, as Columbus Community Hospital issued a visitor alert on January 2nd due to increased activity in the area.
CCH Risk Manager Krista Beiermann says that the alert was issued to try and keep patients and staff safe, and avoid the spread of the influenza virus throughout the hospital. Beierman also says that she expects influenza to still be prevalent for a number of weeks, and maybe even months ahead.
Even though we are in the middle of flu season, and it’s recommended to get vaccinations before the season begins, Beiermann says that it isn’t too late to get a flu shot. Clinics around Columbus are offering flu shots, but Beiermann reminds those getting their shots that immunization may take anywhere from ten days to two weeks to build up.