An elderly woman died earlier this week
The Douglas County Health Department says the woman was over the age of 65 and had underlying medical conditions. She died this week after being hospitalized with seasonal flu complications. She was not immunized.
“We extend our sympathies to her family for their loss,” says Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said. “It is a harsh reminder that the flu claims lives every year, and we all must do what we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones from this highly contagious disease.”
To date there have been 1,132 confirmed cases of influenza in Douglas County. Dr. Pour says some simple actions can help you reduce the severity of seasonal influenza:
- Elderly individuals are advised to seek prompt antiviral treatment when diagnosed with the flu to reduce the likelihood of serious illness or death
- Cover your cough with a tissue or cough into your sleeve.
- Wash your hands and keep your hands away from your face.
- Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or appear ill.
- Stay home if you are sick or keep family members home if they are sick.
- If you haven’t done it already, consider protecting yourself with a flu vaccination.
Dr. Pour says children under 5 years of age, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, and individuals with underlying illnesses are especially at risk of flu complications.