The first flu-related death in Clark County has been reported by the Southern Nevada Health District, with a man in his 60s being the victim. This unfortunate incident has prompted an increase in hospitalizations and people seeking care for influenza-like illnesses, leading the Health District to urge everyone to get the flu vaccine.
Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer, expressed his condolences to the man’s family and friends, emphasizing the seriousness of flu season and encouraging people to take preventative measures. He urged everyone to get vaccinated and practice healthy habits to protect themselves and their loved ones from severe illness.
Flu season typically peaks between December and February but can last until May. To protect themselves from severe illness, it is recommended that everyone 6 months and older gets vaccinated each year, with certain groups such as older adults and those with medical conditions being more at risk.
Flu vaccines are readily available at Health District clinics, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies throughout Southern Nevada. In addition to getting vaccinated, taking simple preventative measures such as washing hands frequently, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes can also help prevent the spread of influenza-like illnesses.
The Health District’s Influenza Snapshot and Influenza Report by Age Group are available each week on their website at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/news-info/statistics-surveillance-reports/influenza-surveillance/.