Regional
4:18 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Flu Declining In New Mexico

New Mexico – Flu is continuing to decline in New Mexico.

State Health Secretary Dr. Catherine Torres says the rate of influenza-like illness seen in clinics across the state has dropped from the peak of 6 percent in mid- February to 3.9 percent last week.

The state Department of Health reports a plentiful supply of vaccine to protect against all three types of influenza that are circulating.

The state does surveillance for flu by tracking influenza-like illness in clinic sites throughout New Mexico, laboratory surveillance to determine the types of influenza circulating and reports of deaths.

In a typical flu season, New Mexico has 150 to 300 deaths due to influenza and related pneumonia.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.