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Flu deaths on the rise, 60 southern Nevadans died in 2017

LAS VEGAS - Flu season is around the corner and people are already getting vaccinated.

The vaccinations come on the heels of one of the worst flu seasons in recent memory. 

In southern Nevada alone last year, a total of 60 people died from the flu with nearly a thousand people were hospitalized. 

In 2016, when there were 14 deaths and 461 hospitalizations.

The flu shot, or influenza vaccine is available each year before and during the flu season, which is usually between October and May. '

Doctor Nancy Yu with Southwest Medical Associates says the vaccine is important for many reasons such as protecting you and those around you from becoming sick. With kids going back to school, germs tend to be passed back and forth. Therefore, washing your hands always is important, according to physicians.

"We know that if we can get more of that flu vaccine out to our community it actually helps protect everybody including those like infants who are under six month of age and they are actually not allowed to get the flu vaccine yet,” Yu said. 

Yu says last flu season the older population was most at risk and the most affected. Although flu season is most common during winter time, she says it's never too early or late to get the shot.

Pharmacies around town have the flu shot available and this Saturday, Southwest Medical Associates will host a drive through flu shot clinic at the Tenaya Health Center on Tenaya Way near Smoke Ranch.

More information:

Southern Nevada Health District's Flu statistics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Flu I.Q.


 


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