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Clark County Sees First Flu-Related Death of Season

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County has reported its first flu-related death of this year’s flu season.

The Southern Nevada Health District announced Wednesday that the person who died was over the age of 65 and had been hospitalized.

The district’s chief health officer, Dr. Joe Iser, says flu activity is mild at this point, but he recommends residents take preventative measures against the illness, including getting a flu vaccination.

Clark County reported 646 confirmed cases during the 2015-2016 flu season, with more than 400 hospitalizations and 36 deaths.

The viruses are most common in the fall and winter, and flu season in southern Nevada generally peaks in January and February.

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