Flu activity on the rise in Clark County

LAS VEGAS - The flu is spreading around the valley with more than 238 confirmed cases and one death since October, according to the Southern Nevada Health District. The person who died was over the age of 65. 

During the same time span last year, there were 125 confirmed cases with 11 deaths. 

The number of people hospitalized because of the flu is also on the rise with 184 people this year compared to 90 at this time last year, according to the SNHD. 

“Although we can’t fully assess the severity of the flu season until late spring, an increase in flu activity signifies that there are many people becoming ill in our community. This year, we are also seeing an increase in the number of flu-related hospitalizations among all age groups,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the SNHD.

The Health District encourages everyone to get a flu vaccination, especially those at high risk of health complications including children younger than five, adults 65 years old or older, and pregnant women. 

In addition to getting a flu shot, the SNHD has provided the following tips to stay healthy during flu season which peaks in January and February.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or into your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

For more information on the flu in Clark Count click here


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