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Health Officials Stress Importance of Flu Vaccine

Published: Dec. 7, 2022

The flu is one of three infectious respiratory illnesses surging during the same time period this year, a phenomenon that has been dubbed the “tripledemic” by many medical officials and media figures.

In honor of National Influenza Vaccination Week, which runs from Dec. 5 to Dec. 12, officials with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, sent a reminder press release to the public:

It is not too late to get the flu vaccine.

In Fremont, Luke Lansman, MD, a family medicine physician with Methodist Physicians Clinic, said providers are seeing an increase in flu and RSV.

“Like many health care providers, we are seeing an increased amount of flu and RSV in our community,” Lansman said. “We somewhat expected this after nearly two years of good masking and hand washing and virtually no flu. We believe this year’s vaccine is a good match with the flu virus that is circulating so having the vaccine has made a difference for some. It’s not too late. Vaccines for flu and the booster for COVID-19 are readily available in our clinics."

Fremont Tribune: Health officials stress importance of flu vaccine