Lincoln, Neb.-- Flu season is here.
But, with the government closure, several nationally funded programs are either halted, limited or in danger of running out of funds, depending how long the shutdown lasts.
Specifically, the Center for Disease Control's influenza program, a program dedicated to tracking the flu or supporting those fighting the disease, has been severely hampered due to the shutdown.
And local health officials are still trying to learn what it all means for the coming weeks.
"At this point, we don't know what's going to happen," Tim Timmons, a communicable disease supervisor at the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, said.
10/11 News spoke with a pharmacy and local health officials. They expressed no immediate concerns in regards to access or availability to the flu vaccine for those interested in getting it.
For those worried about access, or being able to afford it, the county health department has options.
"If a person isn't able to pay and fits the requirements,"Timmons said, "eligibility requirements, they would be eligible for the vaccine at the health department."
In a statement to 10/11 News, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said programs like Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and SNAP (more commonly referred to as food stamps) have enough funding to make it through October.
Other services, like the Infant and Children program (WIC) have funding, "but may be impacted if the shutdown continues and federal funding is not extended," the statement said.
A spokesperson for the county health department says they're in the very early stages of the shutdown and are still waiting to learn more about how programs may be affected in the coming weeks.