As flu season continues to rage on in Southern Nevada, the community is grappling with its first flu-related death in Clark County. A man in his 60s succumbed to the illness, prompting health officials to urge everyone to take the flu vaccine seriously.
Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer, expressed his condolences to the man’s family and friends and emphasized the importance of getting vaccinated against influenza-like illness. He encouraged people to practice healthy habits like washing their hands frequently, staying home when sick and covering their coughs and sneezes as well.
While flu season typically peaks between December and February, it can last until May. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated each year. Certain groups such as older adults and those with medical conditions are 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, taking simple preventative measures such as frequent handwashing, staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes can go a long way in protecting yourself and your loved ones from contracting this deadly virus.