On Thursday, the New Mexico Department of Health reported that there have been additional deaths related to the flu within the state.
Between 2018-2019 there have been four total flu-related deaths, all of which were adults over the age of 50.
These individuals were from Lincoln, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Mora County.
The department has announced that since the first flu-related death, flu activity has greatly increased within the state and nationwide.
As flu season reaches its peak, between December and February, the department is encouraging the public to get a flu shot if they have not already.
NMDOH encourages everyone 6-months and older to receive their vaccine each season, however, it is especially important for the following groups to get vaccinated as they are at risk for flu-related complications:
- Pregnant women in any trimester and those up to two weeks post-partum
- Children 5-years-old and younger, especially those under 2
- Those 65 and older
- Individuals with chronic medical conditions
- Individuals in long-term care facilities
- Native Americans and Alaskan Natives
- Individuals who are morbidly obese
For information on pharmacies offering flu vaccines click here.
NMDOH offices statewide also offer vaccines for those with no health insurance.
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