The flu is here in New Mexico and now is the time to protect yourself and your family members.
New Mexico is among 11 states reporting “widespread” flu activity, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest influenza surveillance report.
The report also said New Mexico, Colorado and Georgia have the country’s highest levels of influenza-like illness, based on the proportion of outpatient visits related to influenza-like sickness.
Flu season typically peaks from December to February and can affect everyone with children and the elderly being particularly susceptible.
Common symptoms include fever, fatigue, head and body aches, sore throat and congestion.
A flu shot is the best protection.
The Department of Health recommends the flu vaccine for anyone over 6 months old, but says it is particularly important for those who may experience more complicated flu cases.
That includes pregnant women and those who recently gave birth; anyone under 5 or over 65; nursing home residents; those with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease.
Washing your hands regularly is highly recommended.
Also, something to remember, if you get the flu, don’t spread it by going to work, etc. It’s very contagious.
Providers with Christus St. Vincent will be providing no-cost flu shots and blood pressure and blood glucose screenings in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico’s Care Van to adults ages 18 years and older at the Santa Fe Roundhouse.
Here are some details to know:
- No appointment is needed, and the public is welcome.
- Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Friday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Thursday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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