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Wed February 13, 2013
State Reports Two Deaths Related To Flu
The New Mexico Department of Health reports two children have died from flu in the state in the past month, bringing the number of influenza related deaths in New Mexico to 89 since the beginning of the flu season.
Dr. Chad Smelser is an epidemiologist with the Department of Health. He says the number of deaths this year is somewhat elevated in comparison to previous years.
"Some people think it is not a very severe disease, but it can be very severe,” says Smelser. “We have deaths that are attributable to influenza or flu every year in this state. And then the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get vaccinated."
Smelzer says people 65 and older are at highest risk for complications with influenza, and that New Mexicans should be mindful that the flu season hasn't ended.