Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are saying this flu season is shaping up to be one of the most severe in recent years.
The virus is especially harmful for certain groups, such as children, elderly and others with compromised immune systems. This has proven to be the case in Nebraska where two deaths have been linked to the flu.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that a child has died because of the flu. This is the second death in the state, with the other one a man in his 60s. Both cases were reported in Lancaster County.
Officials have categorized the state's flu level as widespread. That means cases have been reported in at least half the regions of the state, but it hasn't peaked yet. Officials are calling it a heavy flu season for the state.
Health officials say it's not too late for people to protect themselves against the virus and get the flu vaccine.