Wed. Dec 11th, 2019

Flu activity increases in New Mexico

CLOVIS (KSMX)- The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting that influenza is widespread across New Mexico and anticipates heightened activity for weeks to come.

Last season, 237 New Mexicans died of pneumonia and/or influenza and already 21 pneumonia and influenza deaths have been reported during the 2019-20 season.

The predominant virus circulating in the Southeast is influenza B Victoria, while the Metro region is seeing mostly influenza A(H1N1).

Both of these strains are included in this season’s vaccine, and flu vaccines typically give very good protection against these types of influenza viruses.

“With the holidays approaching, it is important that people take preventive measures such as getting vaccinated, covering your cough, and staying home when sick,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Kathyleen Kunkel.