Health district reports first flu-related child death this season

LAS VEGAS - The Southern Nevada Health District reports that a child in the in the 0 - 4 age group has died as a result of the flu in Clark County.

This is the first death in southern Nevada of the 2017 - 2018 flu season.

“A flu-related death is a tragic reminder that influenza can be a serious illness,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District. “Young children, older adults, and people with certain health conditions may be more at risk for complications. 

As of Nov. 11, there were 78 confirmed flu cases reported to the health district. In addition, around 43 percent of emergency department visits for influenza-like illness have been in children four years old and under.

Southern Nevada Health District Flu Vaccine Clinic

Health officials say flu season in southern Nevada typically peaks in January and February so there is still time to get a flu vaccine. It takes about two weeks after the vaccination for full protection.

Those most at risk for complications from the flu are children younger than five, adults older than 65 years of age and pregnant women.


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