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Flu Claims 3 More Southern Nevada Victims

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LAS VEGAS -- Three more people have died this week as a result of the flu, Southern Nevada Health District officials reported Thursday.

There have been nine confirmed deaths in Clark County. Three of the deaths were in people between the ages of 19 and 44, two were between the ages of 45 and 65 and four people were older than 65.

The Health District told 8 News Now that virtually all of these deaths could have been prevented by a flu vaccine. 

That's why many, like the Frye family of Las Vegas, said they weren't going to take chances this year. 

"[It] kinda worked it's way around the house and everybody got it," Eric Frye said. "We all kind of got rid of it fast."

One of the biggest keys, according to Dr. Randi Lampert,  is to know your symptoms.

"The flu is different from a typical cold and that it's usually a sudden onset with high fever, respiratory symptoms of cough, sore throat, headache, total body ache, chills. Much sicker than you would be with a cold," Lampert said.

The predominant strain of flu this season is the 2009 H1N1. That strain does tend to impact younger and middle age people more than older individuals, said Stephanie Bethel with the health district.

"With the H1N1, it seems to be targeting healthy young adults more than our typical at-risk group. So, people from like 18 to 45 that normally think they're either not going to get the flu or they're going to get a mild case. Those are some of the deaths we are seeing," said Lampert.

The H1N1 strain is included in this year's flu vaccine.

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