/New Mexico reports first flu case of the season – KOAT New Mexico

New Mexico reports first flu case of the season – KOAT New Mexico


The flu is officially back in New Mexico.The New Mexico Department of Health announced on Thursday that New Mexico has its first confirmed flu case of the 2020-21 season.The NMDH said a teenager living in southeast New Mexico tested positive for influenza. “There is no better time to get your flu shot than now,” Department of Health Acting Cabinet Secretary Billy Jimenez said. “Flu-related illnesses make for busy times for medical professionals, especially in hospitals where ICU beds and ventilators are needed for the more severe flu cases – the same beds and equipment needed to treat severe cases of COVID-19.”NMDH says this will be the first of many flu cases expected in New Mexico in the coming weeks and months.The state recommends all New Mexicans 6 months and older get an annual flu shot. Flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. Flu season begins every October and can last until May, depending on the flu type.

The flu is officially back in New Mexico.

The New Mexico Department of Health announced on Thursday that New Mexico has its first confirmed flu case of the 2020-21 season.

The NMDH said a teenager living in southeast New Mexico tested positive for influenza.

“There is no better time to get your flu shot than now,” Department of Health Acting Cabinet Secretary Billy Jimenez said. “Flu-related illnesses make for busy times for medical professionals, especially in hospitals where ICU beds and ventilators are needed for the more severe flu cases – the same beds and equipment needed to treat severe cases of COVID-19.”

NMDH says this will be the first of many flu cases expected in New Mexico in the coming weeks and months.

The state recommends all New Mexicans 6 months and older get an annual flu shot.

Flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.

Flu season begins every October and can last until May, depending on the flu type.

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