Methodist in the Media

Flu Arrives Early; Nebraska Is One of 12 States With High Activity

Published: Dec. 13, 2019

As warned early last month, Nebraska is seeing an early surge in influenza this year.

Dr. Tom Safranek, Nebraska’s state epidemiologist, said the season appears to be running about four weeks ahead of schedule.

Dr. Rudolf Kotula, an infectious disease physician with Methodist Physicians Clinic, said the early flu surge doesn’t necessarily mean that the season will be worse overall. And Dr. Robert Penn, medical director for epidemiology at Methodist Hospital, said eight to 10 other viruses that cause respiratory symptoms are also circulating.

Omaha World-Herald: Flu arrives early, as warned, and Nebraska is one of 12 states with high activity