NM Health Dept. reports flu reaches peak


The state only tracks and reports flu deaths involving children or pregnant women.

State health officials remind the public that there are several weeks remaining in the flu season, and the number of hospitalizations and deaths will continue to increase.

According to information provided last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 84 pediatric flu-related deaths across the country during this challenging flu season. Monroe County has seen 3,715 confirmed cases of influenza so far this season.

The Department of Health recommends New Mexicans talk with their healthcare provider or pharmacist about getting the flu vaccine.

Another person has died from the flu, which means 13 total have died from the virus this season.

Officials reported that this year's vaccine offers good protection for children between 6 months and 8 years old.

People in high risk groups listed above and those who live with or care for high risk individuals are especially encouraged to get vaccinated against the flu.

"What may be circulating through our community may be different in another community and that's why it's particularly important that people go and get tested if they have symptoms consistent with the flu", Shah said.