(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–The Southern Nevada Health District tells KXNT the number of flu-related fatalities in the area has reached 18. The toll was 12 just two and a half weeks ago.

The flu season generally peaks in February and begins to wind down in March.

Dr. Linh Nguyen of the District says there have been 441 cases of the flu reported since October; more than 200 of them required hospitalization.

Of the fatal victims, fewer than half were over the age of 65.

Doctors say it is not too late to get a flu shot. The most common strain of the flu this year is the N1H1 strain, which was common in a worldwide pandemic in 2009.


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