SNHD: First flu-related death of child confirmed in Clark County

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     Susan ZielinskiNov. 21 2017 12:20

The Southern Nevada Health District today reported the first flu-related death of a child this season, amid a spike of flu activity in Clark County. In Northern Nevada's Washoe County near Reno, no flu-related deaths have been reported yet this season but officials have seen 238 cases of the illness.

"Usually there are more cases of influenza in the community than are reported by the lab, so we strongly encourage residents to get their flu shot to protect themselves and others as it's still early in the season". The percentage of emergency department visits for influenza was considered at a warning level, with at least 43 percent of emergency department visits for flu-like illnesses were for children up to 4-years-old.

Most at risk are young children under the age of 2, adults over 65, pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions - though anyone can contract the disease. Age, health status and the type of vaccination can all contribute to a person's chances of getting the flu.

The department says this is a reminder that the flu season is here and to go get the flu vaccine as soon as possible.

The Health District offers these tips to avoid the flu. They also suggest an examination of paid sick leave policies, training to modify health care professional "social and cultural norms", and the use of backup workers to take over for sick colleagues. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work and school, especially when someone is ill. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat healthy food.

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