NM health officials confirm first flu case

Posted at: 11/16/2012 2:01 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - This season's first case of influenza has been confirmed by the New Mexico Department of Health.

Health officials made the announcement Friday, saying the first case to be reported involves a woman from Santa Fe County.

Officials are urging New Mexicans to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

State Epidemiologist Michael Landen says getting a flu shot is the best protection against the spread of the disease, especially for children and those at high risk.

Symptoms can include a fever, body aches, tiredness and cough.

The Health Department says it doesn't track every case of flu in New Mexico. However, it does track influenza-like illness at several locations around the state to estimate the amount of flu activity.

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