Lancaster County health department reports second and third flu deaths of season
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Lancaster County health department reports second and third flu deaths of season

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Two additional deaths have been reported in Lancaster County as a result of the flu, according to a news release from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.

The health department said both people were in their 60s and the deaths mark the second and third flu-related deaths of the season for the county. 

The department said flu activity remains high in the area, and while influenza B is predominant nationally, influenza A has been more common locally. In Lancaster County, there have been 46 confirmed cases of influenza B (up from 36 the week before) and 120 confirmed cases of influenza A (up from 87 the week before).

Adults (20-64 years old) account for 40% of flu cases, while the percentage of cases in those 65 and older is at 12%, which has been gradually rising.

Health officials in Omaha confirmed that two children have died of complications from influenza this flu season.

The Douglas County Health Department said in a news release that both deaths were in people under 18. The pediatric deaths follow the department's report earlier this week that two flu-related adult deaths in people over 65 years have been reported in Douglas County.

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