Clark County records 1st flu death of the season

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In this Jan. 12, 2018, file photo, a medical assistant at a community health center gives a patient a flu shot in Seattle.

Mon, Jan 11, 2021 (2:51 p.m.)

Clark County has seen its first flu-related death of the season, the Southern Nevada Health District announced today.

The deceased was a woman over the age of 65, the district said.

The Health District recommends everyone get a flu shot.

With the coronavirus already widespread in the community, “it is more important than ever for people to take steps to protect their health,” Dr. Fermin Leguen, the district’s acting chief health officer said in a statement.

Only about one in five Nevadans has received a flu vaccination, according to state data.

Last flu season, which runs October through May, 59 people in Clark County died from the disease. So far, 3,500 people have died from coronavirus in Nevada, a vast majority of them in Clark County.

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