In Southern Nevada, the first flu-related death of the season has been reported by the Health District. The victim was a man in his 60s who passed away due to complications from influenza. This unfortunate event has prompted an increase in hospitalizations and people seeking care for influenza-like illnesses in the community.
Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer, expressed his condolences to the man’s family and friends while emphasizing the seriousness of the flu. He urged everyone to take action to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting vaccinated and practicing healthy habits.
While flu season typically peaks between December and February, it can last until May. It is crucial that everyone 6 months and older gets the vaccine each year, with certain groups being more at risk for severe illness. Flu vaccines are available at Health District clinics, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies throughout Southern Nevada.
To prevent the spread of flu, individuals should also wash their hands frequently, stay home when sick, and cover coughs and sneezes with their elbow or a tissue. 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/.