The Southern Nevada Health District announced Thursday that three people died from the disease in Southern Nevada.
Two of the victims were adults, while the third victim was a child under the age of five. And as of Dec. 22, 2018 — 68 other people had been hospitalized.
Data from the Southern Nevada Health District show southern Nevada had 24 deaths and 330 hospitalizations by the end of 2017.
Symptoms of the flu are similar to the common cold like congestion, stuffiness, and coughing. However, those with the flu will also experience body aches and stomach problems.
Doctors say it’s essential to get treated two or three days after feeling the flu-like symptoms. If not, here’s a strong chance the medicine that is later prescribed will not help.
According to Dr. Michael Saiyasombat with the P3 Medical Group, stress and the desert climate can breed a more significant risk.
“You’ve got junk flying through the air 24/7 regardless of the season, so that’s going to lower your immune system just by natural effect, so you add the cold now, said Dr. Saiyasombat. “The fact that the holidays are over and the stress and not taking care of themselves it’s kind of a perfect stew, unfortunately.”
Doctors recommend getting a flu shot, but know it’s not always effective.
Flu season starts in October and can go as late as March and even April.
It usually peaks in the U.S. in February.