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8:36 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Officials Urge NM Residents To Get Flu Shots

Health officials are reminding New Mexicans to start making plans to get flu shots.

The New Mexico Department of Health says the flu vaccine is arriving in some doctor's office and pharmacies.

And while it may seem early, Health Secretary Retta Ward says now is the time to make an appointment to get vaccinated. She says it is hard to predict how intense the next flu season will be, so New Mexicans shouldn't wait until flu season starts to get vaccinated.

Ward says everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each flu season, especially children, pregnant women, people over 50 and anyone with special health conditions or other issues that put them at a higher risk.

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