Influenza Surveillance Program
Influenza, also known as the flu, is transmitted from person to person through sneezes, coughs and touching with hands that were sneezed or coughed into without being washed afterwards.
It is usually a relatively mild disease in healthy adults and older children, but it can be serious in the elderly and very young, pregnant women, and those with chronic illnesses or other health problems. People in these high-risk groups should be vaccinated every year against influenza. Health care workers and others who live with or care for high-risk individuals also should be vaccinated yearly.
- abrupt onset of fever
- muscle pain
- extreme tiredness
- dry cough
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose and
- nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea (more common in children than adults)
For quick and easy reference to the nearest flu shot clinic available to you, please call Nurse Advice New Mexico at 877-725-2552.
Today the New Mexico Department of Health announced the first laboratory-confirmed influenza case of the season in a 94-year-old man from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized. Last year, the first case of influenza was also reported in mid-September. « read more »
Just driving around town, you can see the signs. “Get Your Flu Shots Here”, “Flu Shots: No Appointment Needed”, and so on. It means flu season is coming whether we like it or not. Seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue as late as May, and the problem is it’s not... « read more »
The New Mexico Department of Health reports a decrease in people seeing their doctor for influenza-like illness. However, another flu death occurred in the 2013-2014 season. The new death reported is a 69-year-old woman from Bernalillo County. So far five influenza deaths ranging from 45 to 79 ye... « read more »
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