Flu numbers are souring in Nevada -- how can you avoid catching it?


While we are currently in the midst of a very active season there are some ways to avoid catching the flu. here to tell us more is Dr. Rutu Ezhuthachan, medical director of Health Plan of Nevada

According to the CDC, their latest method of categorizing flu severity has placed this seasons flu outbreak in the top three (CDC).

This year’s predominant strain of flu, H3N2 is associated with higher rates of hospitalization, pneumonia and death.

22.7 hospitalizations for every 100,000 people occurred the week ending Jan 6. As of Jan 6., 20 people have died from the flu.

This is the first year the entire continental U.S. has had the same level of widespread influenza activity at the same time.

We are currently in the midst of a very active flu season. There’s still at least 11 to 13 weeks of influenza to go.

The first and most important step in protecting against the flu is to get the flu vaccine. According to the CDC, everyone 6 months of age and older is encouraged to be vaccinated for influenza.

The flu is a serious (but often avoidable) disease that can lead to hospitalization, severe complications and a significant economic impact: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu-related deaths during a given season can number as high as 49,000.

The CDC also emphasizes the importance of flu vaccination to overall public health -- the more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.