As flu season continues to rage on in Southern Nevada, the first flu-related death has been reported in Clark County. A man in his 60s has passed away due to complications from influenza-like illness, prompting the Southern Nevada Health District to issue a warning to the community.
Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer, expressed his condolences to the man’s family and friends and emphasized the importance of getting vaccinated against the flu. He urged everyone to take precautions and practice healthy habits to protect themselves and their loved ones.
Flu season typically peaks between December and February, but it can last until May. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated each year, with certain groups such as older adults and those with medical conditions being at higher risk for severe illness.
To protect yourself from the flu, you can get vaccinated at any of the Health District clinics, doctor’s offices or pharmacies throughout Southern Nevada. In addition to getting vaccinated, simple preventative measures such as washing your hands frequently, staying home when sick and covering your coughs and sneezes can also help prevent the spread of illness.
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/.