In 2018, the flu was reported as widespread in Nebraska, and experts say this season could be just a severe. 

According to the CDC, the 2017-2018 flu season was one of the most severe in the U.S., and it hit early, lasting 21 weeks.

This past season, 11 people died from the flu here in Lancaster County. 

According to Walgreens' flu index, we were number one on the index at some point, indicating just how bad the virus was.

Many Americans believe this year is projected to be just as severe, if not worse, which is why medical professionals urge you to get a flu shot. 

Unlike a cold, flu symptoms may include a sore or swollen throat, a high fever, and often lasts up to one week. Excluding unique cases, everyone six months or older is recommended to get one.

"The flu vaccine is really well tolerated by most people, it cannot cause the flu," said Walgreen's Pharmacist Roger Mattson. "Even if you didn't get the flu last year and you didn't get the vaccine its still its still important to get it every season because that is you best change of being protected".

To protect yourself further, experts recommend covering your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, washing your hands, and avoiding touching your face. But, officials say the single best way to avoid getting sick is the flu shot.

It only takes a few minutes to save yourself upwards of a week in bed.