New Mexico official: Strain causing most flu cases an indication that season could be rough


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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — A New Mexico state health official says this flu season could be more difficult than others.

According to the Albuquerque Journal ( ). Dr. Joan Baumbach says the flu strain causing the most cases so far this year is one whose variations lead to more illness among older people.

The deputy state epidemiologist also says the strain circulating now has changed from the strain that was the basis for this year's flu vaccine. That may reduce the vaccine's ability to fully protect against the flu.

But Baumbach says it's still better to have some protection than no protection. She says it's important for everyone to get vaccine.

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