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First flu death of season reported for Clark County

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Posted at 12:06 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 16:44:06-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The first flu-related death of the season in Clark County has been reported in a woman who was over the age of 65.

Influenza activity has remained low in Clark County compared to past seasons, but this death serves as a reminder that the flu is a serious disease and is still circulating in the community.

As of Jan. 2, 10 people in Clark County have been hospitalized with confirmed cases of the flu.

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“As we continue to see widespread transmission of the novel coronavirus in our community it is more important than ever for people to take steps to protect their health,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, acting chief health officer of the Southern Nevada Health District. “The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, and it’s not too late to get vaccinated.”

The community’s public health and health care resources are already under strain due to the ongoing response to the pandemic, and the health district is reminding the public that they have tools available right now to help them stay healthy. These include getting the flu vaccine, continuing to wear masks in public and around people who don’t live in the same household, practicing social distancing, staying home when sick, and washing hands frequently.

The flu can cause serious respiratory illness and be deadly for some people. Last season in Clark County, 59 people died from the flu.

The flu vaccine is available at the health district’s east Las Vegas public health center and Mesquite public health center by appointment. More information is available here.