State officials: 3 more die from the flu in NM

Posted at: 01/23/2014 11:33 AM
By: The Associated Press



SANTA FE (AP) - State officials have confirmed three more flu deaths.
    
The New Mexico Department of Health said Thursday a 79-year-old man and a 73-year -old man, both from Bernalillo County, recently died from the illness. In addition, the department says a 45-year-old man from Rio Arriba County also died from influenza.
    
The names of the victims were not immediately released.
    
A 76 year-old Santa Fe woman who died earlier this month was the first reported flu death this season.
    
The New Mexico Department of Health is urging everyone 6 months of age and older to get a flu vaccine.
    
The vaccine is currently available and protects against H1N1 and other strains of flu.
    
The Department of Health has 29 providers statewide that report influenza-like illnesses from October through May.

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