The Southern Nevada Health District is urging everyone to get the flu vaccine after reporting the first flu-related death in Clark County, a man in his 60s. The community is also seeing an increase in hospitalizations and people seeking care for influenza-like illness.
Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer, expressed condolences to the man’s family and friends. He emphasized the seriousness of the flu and urged everyone to take preventative measures such as getting vaccinated and practicing healthy habits to protect themselves and their loved ones.
Flu season typically peaks between December and February, but it can last until May. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get the vaccine each year, with certain groups being more at risk for severe illness.
Flu vaccines are available at Health District clinics, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies throughout Southern Nevada. In addition to getting vaccinated, the Health District advises people to take simple preventative measures such as washing hands frequently, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes.
The Health District’s Influenza Snapshot and Influenza Report by Age Group are available each week at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/news-info/statistics-surveillance-reports/influenza-surveillance/.