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COVID-19 vaccine booster dose available to children 5 through 11 years of age at Southern Nevada Health District vaccine clinics
Starting today, the Southern Nevada Health District is making COVID-19 vaccine booster doses available to children 5 through 11 years of age at all its vaccine clinics. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine today allowing for the expanded use of this vaccine.
The school year begins on Monday, August 8 and parents and guardians can ensure their children are appropriately immunized at a Southern Nevada Health District immunization clinic. The Health District encourages parents and guardians to bring their kindergartners, 7th and 12th graders to its immunization clinics for their mandatory school vaccines before the first day of school. The Health District’s immunization clinics are open Monday through Friday. Walk-in immunization services are available at the 280 S. Decatur Blvd. public health center. Appointments for services at other neighborhood public health centers can be made by calling (702) 759-0850 or (702) 759-1682 for appointments at the Mesquite Public Health Center.
How about sitting down to a whopping 10 teaspoons of sugar? That is the amount of sugar in a 12-ounce can of regular soda. These drinks contribute to obesity, tooth decay, and type 2 diabetes. This summer, the Southern Nevada Health District’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is launching its Soda Free Summer Challenge to encourage children and adults to opt for healthier beverages and reduce or eliminate sugary drinks. The Challenge kicks off Thursday, May 5 and continues through Saturday, August 6. Promotoras Las Vegas (PLV) will bring education and information to the Hispanic community through social media and community events. For more information on how to participate in the Soda Free Summer Challenge visit the Health District’s Get Healthy Clark County or the Spanish language Viva Saludable websites for more information.
A public health hero is an individual or organization that embodies one or more of the essential functions of public health and the Southern Nevada Health District recognizes those whose actions improve the health status of the community. Today, the Health District announced its 2022 Public Health Heroes at its April Board of Health meeting. This year, Dr. Shawn Gerstenberger, dean, and Max Gakh, associate professor, from UNLV’s School of Public Health, and Jeremy Lovell, health facilities inspector, from the Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance at the State of Nevada, were named the 2022 Public Health Heroes.
This week, the Southern Nevada Health District is reporting 8,421 Clark County residents have died from COVID-19, an increase of 66. Health District staff have been performing and ongoing data review which includes performing a data linkage between cases reported in the system and death certificate data. As a result of this review, 85 deaths were added to the Health District’s report — 71 from the review process, and 19 were removed. The breakdown of the backlog by date of death is included below:
Clark County ranks 6th healthiest in Nevada according to the annual County Health Rankings. The County Health Rankings are released each year using data from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) and are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.
Immunizations are one of public health’s most important accomplishments and they protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable illnesses. The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted some routine vaccinations for many children and National Infant Immunization Week is a perfect opportunity to bring children’s immunizations up-to-date. During National Infant Immunization Week, the Southern Nevada Health District will offer free or low-cost immunizations to infants who are eligible for the Vaccines for Children program at its four public health centers. In addition, the Health District will have free giveaways and a chance to win prizes. For more information and additional resources, visit the Health District’s National Infant Immunization Week webpage.
This week, the Southern Nevada Health District is reporting 8,355 Clark County residents have died from COVID-19, an increase of 185. Of those deaths, 178 are the result of a reporting backlog and comprehensive data review by staff.
April is National Minority Health Month, an opportunity to support minority health initiatives, increase access to resources, and decrease health inequities. As part of its mission of ensuring a Healthy Southern Nevada, the Southern Nevada Health District has developed and implemented several programs and resources to reduce health disparities in the community.
This week, the Southern Nevada Health District is reporting 8,180 Clark County residents have died from COVID-19, an increase of 356. Of those deaths, 306 are the result of a reporting backlog and comprehensive data review by staff. The review included performing a data linkage between cases reported in the system and death certificate data. The breakdown of the backlog by date of death is included below:
Updated on: April 27, 2022