Lancaster County Health Department reports first flu death of season

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported its first flu death of the season on Wednesday.

Officials say a woman in her 40s died. She had underlying health conditions, a spokeswoman for the health department said.

The department said the spread of flu in the community is high right now, especially in school-age children.

“Flu is a highly infectious disease of the lungs and it can be a life-threatening illness for some people,” Tim Timmons, the health department’s communicable disease program supervisor, said in a release. “Vaccination is our best protection against the flu and it’s recommended that everyone 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine every year.”

Flu vaccines are widely available across Lincoln and can be found at vaccines.gov.

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