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It's Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot

Nicole Ebat

OMAHA(KPTM)--If you think you've already dodged the flu this season, think again. Douglas County Health officials say they're seeing more flu cases this year and say the season probably won't peak for several weeks.

Little seven-month-old Dierdre Diggins and her Dad Mike were at the doctor's office Wednesday afternoon to get the second half of her baby flu shot.

"The fly shot's a lot easier than coming through the ER, so it's sure easier to just get them their flu shot and then you avoid all of that," said Diggins.

Doctors can tell you, the flu virus is everywhere.

"Someone with a mild case of influenza can sneeze in an aisle at the supermarket or in an aisle at the mall and those virus particles stay in the air for minutes afterward. So that person may be completely out of sight and you breathe in those particles. There's no escaping it," said John Walburn a pediatrician at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

The Douglas County Health Department said there have been 395 confirmed cases of the flu this year. That's the highest number of flu cases since the pandemic of 2009-2010.

Those numbers don't include anyone who didn't get tested by a doctor and get a confirmation of the flu, so the numbers could be higher and that could be because people are putting off getting their flu shots.

But experts say it's not too late to get one now.

"Influenza is a wintertime disease, so until winter is completely over with and into early Spring we'll still see influenza," said Dr. Walburn. "You need that protection because you're going to be exposed to it no matter what you do and where you go."

Experienced dads like Diggins know the flu is simply something they don't want coming home with their little ones.

"High fevers, they're sick for days. The little kids suffer, but you as a parent have to miss work too," said Diggins.

So he plans to do whatever he can to keep his little Dierdre feeling fine.

"I think it's not too late, better to do it now than not at all," said Diggins.

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