Flu Season Is Here

Beatrice–While many people over the past couple weeks celebrated Christmas and New Year’s with family and friends, others spent the holiday season fighting the aches and pains of the flu bug.  Infection Prevention and Employee Health Coordinator for the Beatrice Community Hospital Rose Wischmeier says the number of flu cases across the state have increased over the past couple of weeks…

“saw that explosion very much”   :27

Wischmeier says the increase started just before Christmas in Beatrice and across southeast Nebraska….

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Wischmeier says simple practices like washing hands, covering your cough, drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding crowds can help prevent getting the flu.

While speaking on K-W-B-E’s Beatrice Today program Friday morning, Wischmeier confirmed that there have been several individuals admitted to the hospital for treatment of the flu virus……

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Wischmeier says in the past week the number of positive flu tests in the Beatrice area are higher than the statewide average…..

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Wischmeier says it is not too late to get a flu shot. She encourages individuals who did not get a shot last fall to get one as soon as possible, however it usually takes about two weeks for the shot to take affect.

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