In Southern Nevada, the first flu-related death in Clark County has been reported by the Southern Nevada Health District. This unfortunate event has prompted an increase in hospitalizations and people seeking care for influenza-like illnesses. In response to this, the Health District is strongly encouraging everyone to get the flu vaccine.
Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer, expressed his condolences to the family and friends of the deceased man. He emphasized the importance of taking flu seriously and advised everyone to get vaccinated and practice healthy habits to protect themselves and their loved ones.
While flu season typically peaks between December and February, it can last until May. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone 6 months and older get the vaccine each year, with certain groups such as older adults and those with medical conditions being more at risk for severe illness.
The flu vaccine is available at various Health District clinics, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies throughout Southern Nevada. Additionally, simple preventative measures like washing hands frequently, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes can help prevent flu infection.
The Health District releases its Influenza Snapshot and Influenza Report by Age Group on a weekly basis at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/news-info/statistics-surveillance-reports/influenza-surveillance/.