SANTA FE, N.M. — Health officials are reporting a spike in the number of flu cases across New Mexico in the last few weeks.

They say influenza-like illness activity is double what it was at this time last year with the current flu season not yet at its peak.

The number of flu-related deaths has risen in New Mexico to six.

Flu-related hospitalizations —especially among residents age 65 and older — have been steadily increasing since the beginning of the flu season in October.

The New Mexico Department of Health has investigated 12 flu outbreaks in facilities around the state since October, seven of them in the last few weeks.

Health officials say all residents aged six months and older who haven’t been vaccinated yet should get their flu vaccine as soon as possible.

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