Flu Activity on the Rise

December 25, 2014 1:54 AM

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The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) reports that influenza has been on the increase over the past two weeks. Nine cases of flu have been confirmed in Lancaster County, and many people have flu-like illness. LLCHD also reports that an outbreak of pertussis (whooping cough) continues. Both illnesses are spread through coughing and sneezing in close contact with others. Both can cause more serious illness in the very young (especially infants), the very old and those with chronic health conditions.

“We strongly recommends that those at risk for serious illness from these infections, reduce their risk of exposure,” said Health Director Judy Halstead. “They should avoid crowds and being in close contact with others who have a cough or flu symptoms. Parents should be sure children have their pert...

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