New Mexico Department of Health
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Paul Rhien
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Flu Activity Still Rising in New Mexico

February 9, 2018 - Immunization - Vaccination

Seasonal flu activity remains high in both our state and nationwide

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports the number of flu-related illnesses and deaths continue to increase across New Mexico.

“We encourage New Mexicans to continue to take simple precautions, such as washing your hands regularly and staying home when sick, to avoid the spread of the flu and if you haven’t already, get your flu shot,” said Dr. Michael Landen, New Mexico State Epidemiologist.

Influenza vaccine provides protection from several strains of flu, including Influenza B – a strain of flu that is now being more frequently reported across the United States.

The advice on how to avoid getting the flu remains the same: frequently wash your hands, cover mouth when you cough or sneeze, and – whenever possible - stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings when you’re sick. What may be a mild case of flu for you may be deadly if passed on to someone else. By preventing yourself from getting the flu, you are also protecting people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.

New Mexicans sick with flu (or flu-like symptoms) in the following high-risk categories should receive antiviral medications as soon as possible:

NMDOH public health offices statewide continue to offer flu vaccinations while supplies last for people without insurance or who are otherwise not able to get vaccinated. For locations nearest you, visit New Mexico Department of Health. Those with Medicaid or other insurance who go to public health offices are asked to bring their insurance card.

Additional helpful information can be found at Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccination and Coughing & Sneezing Etiquette.

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