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State records first flu-related death for the season

27 October 2017, 12:24 | Nellie George

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Bernalillo County man confirmed to be the first with flu in New Mexico this season

Interior Health advises that the flu shot is a safe and effective way to help protect the public, especially children, pregnant women, seniors, people with chronic illnesses, and others who are most at risk from influenza and its complications. The flu shot will be offered for $25, which is to cover the cost of vaccine administration, however, no one will be turned away for the inability to pay this fee. That's down from 37.2 per cent in the 2015-16 flu season, and "well below" the provincial average of 53.1 per cent.

The CDC also recommends that children over age 8 who have only received the vaccine once since they were 6 months old receive two vaccines this flu season to build resistance.

Symptoms can include fever, headache, runny nose, sore throat, or cough.

Doctors say it is too early to tell how influenza cases this year will compare to last year's severe flu season.

The CDC does not recommend vaccination with live, nasal-spray flu vaccine (FluMist) during the current flu season. "Now that flu season in New Mexico has started, I want to remind New Mexicans about the importance of getting their annual flu shot", said department secretary Lynn Gallagher in a recent statement.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the true burden of flu illness in the United States, including total flu cases, by using a mathematical modeling system in combination with data from these traditional flu surveillance.

Ms Howard said a childhood immunisation awareness campaign next year would provide parents and carers with details about recommended vaccinations for children aged under five, including the free influenza vaccine program. You also can find a place to get vaccinated athttps://vaccinefinder.org/.

"The best ways to help protect yourself and those around you from influenza are to get immunized, wash your hands frequently, and to cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue". People are often indoors during the winter, meaning that they are in direct or close-contact with one another more often.

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