The Southern Nevada Health District has reported the first flu-related death in Clark County, a man in his 60s. This unfortunate event has prompted the Health District to encourage everyone to get the flu vaccine.
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 get vaccinated and practice healthy habits 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 available at Health District clinics, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies throughout Southern Nevada. In addition to getting vaccinated, the Health District also 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/.