US on track for one of the worst flu seasons in decades

This flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in decades, according to the United States' top infectious disease doctor.

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The Southern Nevada Health District reported 11 flu-related deaths during the last week of January.

The numbers were released in SNHD's weekly influenza surveillance report from Jan. 26-Feb. 1. Twenty-four Clark County residents died from flu-related causes since Dec. 29, 2019.

One of the deaths in the most recent report was a child under 4 years old. Three were people ages 50-64, and seven were people aged 65 or older, the report said.

"This year so far we've seen a worse flu season than last year," SNHD medical investigator Vit Kraushaar said. "So far we've had 24 deaths, we've had over a thousand hospitalizations, which is more than double the previous year at this point."

SNHD said 1,033 were hospitalized due to the flu, according to the report.

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