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Who needs the flu vaccine? You!

Each September people ask themselves one important question—Is it too early to start decorating for fall? Based on the amount of pumpkin-flavored everything and fall-themed items on sale everywhere, the answer is a resounding “No.” Another question the Southern Nevada Health District recommends people ask themselves each fall is what can I do this flu season to protect myself and my family? This question is even more consequential as our community continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Nevada County Masking Mandate Guide

All counties in Nevada that are experiencing substantial or high transmission levels based on the latest CDC COVID-19 tracker must follow the mask requirements. In these counties, everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, are required to wear a mask in public indoor settings.


Southern Nevada Health District Statement on Ivermectin

Unfortunately, people are turning to untested, unauthorized, and in many cases unsafe treatments for COVID-19. Recently, there has been increased interested in a drug called ivermectin. Ivermectin is a drug used in the United States to treat or prevent parasites in animals and for specific uses in humans.


Third Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines Available for Immunocompromised

Clark County residents with moderately to severely compromised immune systems can get a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at Southern Nevada Health District vaccine clinic locations and at partner clinic locations throughout the community. The additional dose was authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for people who are immunocompromised and have been fully vaccinated with the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.


It’s time to get back to class. Do your kids have their shots yet?

The Southern Nevada Health District urges parents and guardians to bring their kindergartners and 7th graders for their mandatory school vaccines before the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 9. The Health District offers back-to-school immunizations at the main facility, East Las Vegas Public Health Center, Mesquite Public Health Center and Henderson Public Health Center.


Enjoy a Safe and Happy 4th of July

The Independence Day holiday weekend is upon us, and with little rain in the forecast and fewer COVID-19 precautions in place, Southern Nevadans are likely to be spending more time outdoors and in larger groups. The Health District encourages everyone to take the following steps to remain safe and healthy this weekend and throughout the summer months.


COVID-19 shots are coming to a school in your neighborhood

Beginning Tuesday, June 1, adults and children 12 and older can receive their COVID-19 vaccination at 16 high schools and middle schools across the Las Vegas Valley in an effort to ensure vaccine sites are convenient and accessible throughout the community. The Southern Nevada Health District will provide first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at four schools simultaneously for two days at each location. Second doses will be available at those same schools 21 days later. The late-afternoon clinics are designed to make it easier for people to take their shot on the way home from work. Registration for appointments is now available at www.snhd.info/covid-vaccine. Walk-ins will be accepted pending clinic capacity.


Children 12-15 now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines

On Monday, May 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to include adolescents 12-15 years of age. On Wednesday, May 12, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met to make final recommendations for the use of the vaccine for adolescents in this age group. Based on the final recommendations of the ACIP, the Southern Nevada Health District has begun administering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 12 and older at Health District sites. Registration for appointments is now available at www.snhd.info/covid-vaccine.


On the hunt to seek and destroy COVID-19

Having lived in Las Vegas for years, Jason Frame can’t recall a time when the streets were empty by day and had families cruising the vacant Strip at night—on bicycles, no less. The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the city’s usually bustling streets into a virtual ghost town. So far, 5,000 residents have tested positive, despite months of inactivity, with hotels and casinos shut down in attempts to flatten the curve.


Racism is a Public Health Crisis

As a public health agency dedicated to eliminating disparities and advancing equity in our community, we were heartbroken by the brutal killing of George Floyd. The violent methods used on demonstrators who were peacefully protesting, and the structural racism that has resulted in a disproportionate amount of death and harm in our communities of color are antithetical to what we stand for as a public health agency.