In Southern Nevada, the first flu-related death in Clark County has been reported by the Health District. This unfortunate incident has prompted an increase in hospitalizations and people seeking care for influenza-like illness. The community is being urged to take preventative measures and get vaccinated to protect themselves and their loved ones.
Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer, expressed condolences to the man’s family and friends, emphasizing the importance of taking flu seriously. He urged everyone to take action now by getting vaccinated against this potentially deadly virus.
While flu season typically peaks between December and February, it can last until May. It is important for everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated each year, with certain groups being more at risk for severe illness. Flu vaccines are available at various clinics, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies throughout Southern Nevada.
In addition to getting vaccinated, simple preventative measures such as washing hands frequently, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes can also help protect you from getting sick with the flu. 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/.