Douglas County reports first pediatric flu death, the third in Nebraska this season

The Douglas County Health Department on Thursday reported its first pediatric flu death of the season.

Officials did not release the age of the child and did not know if the child had been vaccinated. The child did not have underlying health issues.

This was the third flu-related death of a child in the state, a spokeswoman with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said.

So far this season, Nebraska has reported 46 adult flu-related deaths.

Douglas County has reported nine adult flu-related deaths.

Nebraska, along with most of the country, was experiencing widespread flu activity earlier this month, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nebraska is listed as one of several states severely impacted by flu-like illnesses.

Flu activity typically peaks in February.

Nationally, 28 children have died this season of flu-related complications, according to the latest CDC report.

That number does not include the Douglas County child.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get the vaccine, especially pregnant women, anyone older than 65 and individuals with chronic illnesses.

Other tips include washing your hands, covering your cough and staying home if you’re sick.