Nevada experiencing record-setting flu numbers
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
The Southern Nevada Health District confirms at least 14 Clark County Residents died from the flu in 2017 alone.
Two of those deaths were children under the age of 18, ten of the deaths were people over the age of 50, and two were people between the ages of 18 and 49.
Dr. Daliah Wachs is a family physician, she says when people hear these alarming statistics they start to panic and begin flooding the ER thinking they have the flu.
But Dr. Wachs says not every person who contracts the virus will need to visit the hospital.
"It all depends on how you feel, signs of flu going bad are fever going away, delirium, confusion, dehydration, something like that you're going to have to go to an urgent care or an emergency room for.
But if you’ve got the sniffles, you’ve got a cough, fever's low grade, you feel like you're you can still drive around and you can still function and take care of the kids; then CVS would be great for that," said Wachs.
According to the CDC, 26 states including Nevada are experiencing record-setting flu numbers.
Doctor Wachs says elderly people and children are most at risk and that parents should pay especially close attention to their kids because children can experience different symptoms.
"Young kids and babies are not going to exhibit the same signs as grownups, they may be more inactive, they may not be hungry. Be on the lookout, most mommy's and daddies have that instinct but they might not have the same symptoms as an adult would with the flu," Wachs said.
And doctors are stressing the fact that it's important for people who have not been vaccinated to get their flu shots.