In Clark County, the first flu-related death of the season has been reported by the Southern Nevada Health District. The deceased was a man in his 60s. As flu season continues to progress, hospitalizations and cases of influenza-like illness are on the rise in the community. To help prevent the spread of flu and other respiratory viruses, the Health District is urging everyone to get vaccinated against the flu.
Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer, expressed his condolences to the man’s family and friends, reminding everyone of the seriousness of the flu and how important it is to protect themselves and others by getting vaccinated. Flu season typically peaks between December and February but can last until May. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated against the flu each year, with particular emphasis on those at higher risk for severe illness.
The Health District offers flu vaccines at its clinics as well as through doctor’s offices and pharmacies throughout Southern Nevada. In addition to getting vaccinated, simple measures can also help prevent the spread of flu and other respiratory viruses. These measures include frequent handwashing, staying home when sick, avoiding close contact with others, covering coughs and sneezes, taking a COVID-19 test if flu-like symptoms develop, and taking antiviral drugs for flu if prescribed by a doctor.
The Health District also provides weekly influenza surveillance reports on its website to keep residents informed about the current situation in their community.