The Southern Nevada Health District has reported the first flu-related death in Clark County, a man in his 60s. This unfortunate incident has prompted the Health District to encourage everyone to get the flu vaccine and practice healthy habits.
Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer, expressed condolences to the man’s family and friends, emphasizing the seriousness of the flu. He urged everyone to take preventive measures such as getting vaccinated and washing hands frequently 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 recommends 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.
Flu vaccines are readily available at Health District clinics, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies throughout Southern Nevada. In addition to getting vaccinated, people are advised to cover coughs and sneezes and stay home when sick.
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/.