Nebraska flu now considered 'widespread'

The Center For Disease Control officially designated Nebraska a 'Red State' when it comes to the flu, meaning the state has been upped to "widespread" status in the weekly flu survey.

Flu, also known as the influenza, is a contagious disease that is caused by the flu virus. It attacks the respiratory tract in humans (nose, throat, and lungs). The flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly and may include these symptoms:

  • Fever

  • Headache

  • Tiredness (can be extreme)

  • Dry cough

  • Sore throat

  • Nasal congestion

  • Body aches

State health officials say there's still time to get a flu vaccination.

Click here for more information from the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services.

Click here to visit the CDC website for the latest flu report.