In the wake of a flu-related death in Clark County, the Southern Nevada Health District is urging everyone to get vaccinated and practice healthy habits to protect themselves and their loved ones from the dangerous illness. The district’s District Health Officer, Dr. Fermin Leguen, expressed his condolences to the man’s family and friends while also emphasizing the importance of taking flu seriously.
While flu season typically peaks between December and February, it can last until May. To prevent the spread of influenza-like illnesses, it is recommended 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, simple preventative measures such as washing hands frequently, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes can also go a long way in keeping yourself healthy during flu season.
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/. It is important for everyone to stay informed about the latest developments in flu prevention and treatment so that they can take appropriate action to protect themselves and their loved ones from this potentially deadly illness.