An increase in flu-related hospitalizations and illnesses has been reported by the Southern Nevada Health District, leading to the death of a man in his 60s. The community is being encouraged to get a flu shot to protect themselves and their loved ones.
Dr. Fermin Legen, district health officer, expressed his condolences to the man’s family and friends, emphasizing the severity of the flu. He urged everyone to take precautions and get vaccinated to prevent further outbreaks.
While flu season typically occurs between December and February, it can last until May. It’s recommended that everyone over the age of 6 months gets vaccinated annually, with certain groups such as older adults and people with underlying medical conditions being at greater risk for severe disease.
Flu shots are available at various locations throughout Southern Nevada, including Health District clinics, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies. In addition to vaccinations, simple preventative measures such as washing hands frequently, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes should also be practiced.
The Health District provides weekly influenza snapshot and influenza report by age group on its website at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/nevs-info/statistics-surveillance-reports/influenza-surveillance/.