The Southern Nevada Health District has reported the first flu-related death in Clark County. The deceased was a man in his 60s. Reports of hospitalizations and influenza-like-illness in the community are increasing, and the Health District is urging everyone to protect themselves and others by getting the flu vaccine.
Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer, expressed condolences to the man’s family and friends, emphasizing the seriousness of the flu and the importance of getting vaccinated. Flu season typically peaks between December and February, but can last until May. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 6 months and older to get the vaccine 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, the Health District also provides simple measures to help prevent the spread of flu, COVID-19, 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 through its website.