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    New Mexico Influenza Surveillance Reports Archive: http://nmhealth.org/about/erd/ideb/isp/data/

    This Season’s Flu Vaccine Appears to Be a Good Match
    March 28, 2016 - Influenza Surveillance - Vaccination

    Widespread Flu Activity Reported in New Mexico

    The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting the flu vaccine for this season appears to be a good match with circulating strains. Preliminary data from the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) shows that overall influenza vaccine effectiveness is nearly 60 percent. In other words, getting this season’s flu vaccine will reduce the risk of going to a doctor due to flu by nearly 60 percent. Widespread flu activity is being reported across the state, and the Department is urging anyone who did not get a flu shot this season, to get vaccinated.

    “Flu viruses cause serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths every season – even in healthy people,” said Deputy Secretary of Health Lynn Gallagher. “Getting a flu vaccination each season is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your community from influenza.”

    Although elevated flu activity this season started a bit later than the previous three seasons, it is expected to continue for several more weeks. Flu activity is monitored with a variety of surveillance systems, including a network of 27 providers throughout the state that report influenza-like illnesses (fever with cough or sore throat) from October through May. Providers participating in this surveillance network reported that for the week ending March 19, 2016, 4.7 percent of their patient visits were for influenza-like illness.

    Flu-related hospitalizations and deaths have also increased in recent weeks. The overall hospitalization rate in New Mexico has increased to 15.4 people per 100,000 population, with young children (ages 0 to 4 years) and adults older than 65 years twice as likely to be hospitalized.

    New Mexico has identified 115 influenza and pneumonia-related deaths this flu season. Of those 115 deaths, 13 were flu-related deaths among adults in the following counties:
    Bernalillo County - 78-year-old woman.
    Dona Ana County - 33-year-old man; 55 year-old woman.
    Grant County - 34-year-old man.
    Lincoln County – 67-year-old man.
    Luna County – 79-year-old woman.
    Rio Arriba County – 71-year-old woman; 81 year-old man.
    San Miguel County – 69-year-old man.
    Sandoval County – 86-year-old man.
    Santa Fe County – 48-year-old man; 85-year-old man; 88-year-old woman.

    Many of the 112 pneumonia-related deaths may have been related to complications from having flu, as pneumonia is a known complication of influenza infection.
    Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each flu season. Flu vaccine protects against multiple strains of flu that may be circulating at any given time, and people can get infected with more than one type of flu during the season. For the past few seasons in New Mexico, influenza B virus has circulated later in the season; the current vaccine is 76 percent effective against B viruses.

    The Department of Health recommends that individuals talk with their healthcare provider or pharmacist about getting the flu vaccine. The Department offers vaccinations for people without insurance or who are otherwise not able to get vaccinated. Those with Medicaid or other insurance who go to Public Health Offices are asked to bring their insurance card. The Department of Health also recommends that you ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you need the pneumococcal vaccine which can be given at the same time as flu vaccine. Influenza frequently causes types of pneumonia that can be prevented by the pneumococcal vaccine.
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    http://nmhealth.org/news/vaccine/2016/3/?view=402

    Week 11 Report: http://nmhealth.org/data/view/infectious/1865/

    NEW MEXICO INFLUENZA SURVEILLANCE UPDATE
    2015 - 2016 Influenza Season
    Epidemiology and Response Division, New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH)
    Influenza Activity in New Mexico for Week Ending March 19, 2016 (MMWR Week 11)
    Influenza in the state was at high activity by several indicators1:

    1. Outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI): Twenty-seven sentinel outpatient provider
    sites reported a total of 13,633 patient visits, of which 636 (4.7%) were identified as visits for
    ILI2; which is above the national baseline of 2.1%. Nationally, the percentage of ILI visits was
    3.2%; which is also above baseline (see graph below)
    ...

    Twitter: @RonanKelly13
    The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

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    Influenza Activity in New Mexico for Week Ending April 16, 2016 (MMWR Week 15)
    https://nmhealth.org/data/view/infectious/1888/
    ...
    1. Outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI): Twenty-eight sentinel outpatient provider
    sites reported a total of 12,388 patient visits, of which 231 (1.9%) were identified as visits for
    ILI2
    ; which is above the national baseline of 2.1%. Nationally, the percentage of ILI visits was
    2.1% which is at the national baseline (see graph below).

    ...
    5. Influenza and pneumonia-related deaths: There have been 23 influenza-related deaths in
    adults and 152 pneumonia-related deaths among New Mexico residents reported since the
    start of the 2015-2016 influenza season.
    ...
    https://nmhealth.org/data/view/infectious/1888/
    Twitter: @RonanKelly13
    The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

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