Influenza-related Death Prompts Southern Nevada Health District to Encourage Flu Vaccinations
The Southern Nevada Health District has announced the first flu-related death in Clark County, a man in his 60s. This tragic event has also prompted an increase in hospitalizations and people seeking care for influenza-like illness. As a result, the Health District is urging everyone to get the flu vaccine.
Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer, offered his condolences to the man’s family and friends and emphasized the seriousness of the flu. He urged everyone to take precautions against getting sick by getting vaccinated and practicing healthy habits.
It is important to note that flu season typically peaks between December and February but 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. These include older adults and those with medical conditions.
Fortunately, flu vaccines are readily available at Health District clinics, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies throughout Southern Nevada. It is also essential 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/. These reports can help individuals stay informed about the current state of influenza in their area so they can make informed decisions about their health during this season.