A nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)Southern Nevada Health District offices (Las Vegas Review-Journal) Nearly one-quarter of the 57 Southern Nevadans who died of the flu during the current season were vaccinated, the Southern Nevada Health District said Friday as it raised the local death toll by nine from just two weeks ago. The majority of victims were older than 65, a group especially at risk of developing such flu-related complications as pneumonia, according to the health district. Still, six were under 50, including a 12-year-old boy, a 24-year-old woman and a 37-year old man, all from Las Vegas. The 22.8 percent who died despite receiving the flu vaccine demonstrates how virulent this year’s H3N2 strain was, said Dr. Michael Johnson, the district’s director of community health. “This year has been particularly challenging,” he said. “It kind of speaks to the obvious need for a better vaccine.” Johnson said he didn’t know yet if the vaccinated victims fell into riskier categories, but noted he would expect that to be the case. There was some hopeful news from federal health officials on that front Friday, coming as the flu season that killed nearly… Read full this story
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