New Mexico health officials say more were sickened this year from the flu; season is not over


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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — New Mexico health officials are warning that the flu season is not over.

Officials say more people have been hospitalized in the state this season than in many years.

According to the state Department of Health, the virus hospitalized 40 people per 100,000 this flu season as compared with 29 per 100,000 during 2012-13.

Children under 5 and the elderly are particularly vulnerable.

One Dona Ana County child and 27 adults have died from flu-related complications since the start of the 2014-15 flu season.

Flu season peaked at the end of December nationally and in New Mexico. While the predominant strain of flu this season has been the influenza A virus, the influenza B virus continues to be a threat.

Vaccinations and washing hands curbs transmission of the virus.

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