Three Cases of Influenza A Reported in Hall County


This harsh contrast between seasons is wreaking havoc on our immune systems.

Grand Island's Central District Health Department reported its first three confirmed lab tested cases of Influenza A on Friday... one in an 11 month old child.

Health officials aren't really surprised about the child's case. Infants and the elderly are most vulnerable to the influenza virus because they get dehydrated more easily and may have more severe symptoms.

While we may not have seen the last case of the flu this season, officials say it could be worse.

"So far all of them have been in the same strain that we're vaccinating for which is good," said Community Health Nurse Katie Wichman. "It's when we get one of the labs that haven't been in the strain we're vaccinating against, that would be the most severe because nobody has received the vaccine for that type of influenza virus strain."

Central District Health Department recommends people get their flu shot to avoid getting influenza, see your doctor if you think you have the flu, stay away from those you think might have the flu, and wash your hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds to stave off germs.