Recent Nevada Deaths Linked to Flu

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RENO, NV - The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health confirms there have been recent deaths in Nevada and around the nation associated with severe complications of the flu.

However, Center for Disease Control officials say it's not a severe outbreak here and that this flu season is typical.

They also said that while the activity is currently considered low in the United States, it's also important to know that the incidence of cases is likely to peak in February.

They're advising anyone who hasn't received a flu shot to do so now.

The predominant strain of flu this season has been "Type A H1N1," or, the swine flu.

This strain is different from other strains because H1N1 can severely affect younger age groups, children, immuno-compromised individuals, and pregnant women.

The vaccine available this year contains protection against this strain.

Public health officials say to take these precautions to stay as safe as possible:

- If you're sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and make sure you throw that tissue away in a trash can. Don't leave it around for others to accidentally touch. wash your hands often with soap and water.
- If you can't wash your hands, use hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.