A child under 5 years old from Lancaster County has died from influenza, state officials said Tuesday.
The death was the state's second flu-related one this season, officials said. The first was a man in his 60s, also from Lancaster County.
The child, a boy, had no underlying health conditions, said Dr. Joann Schaefer, the state's chief medical officer.
Most children and adults recover from the flu, Schaefer said, but the child's death is a sad reminder of how serious influenza can be. It's just tragic. Our heart goes out to the family. It's just very sad.
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Flu prevention tips
In addition to getting vaccinated against influenza, Nebraska state officials offered these flu prevention tips:
Wash your hands often.
Avoid contact with people who are sick.
Stay home from work, family gatherings and social functions if you're sick.
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough with a tissue or sleeve, not your hands