SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

New Mexico reports first flu case of season

The New Mexico Department of Health reported on Tuesday the first case of flu this season.

The case comes from a 60-year-old man from Bernalillo County. Last year's first case came at November.

"With the first flu case reported, I want to remind New Mexicans about the importance of getting a flu vaccine," Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward, said. "It's hard to predict how severe this flu season will be, but the flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and loved ones from flu."

The Department of Health strongly encouraged citizens to contact their doctors or pharmacies about getting the flu shot. The Department of Health also provides flu shots for people without insurance or access to medical attention.

It is recommended that everyone over the age of six months receive a flu shot each season. Certain groups who are at risk, like young children between six months and four years, pregnant women, people older than 50 and people with chronic medical conditions, should seriously consider getting a flu shot as soon as possible.

People that experience symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat, muscle or body aches, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue, headaches, vomiting and diarrhea should see their doctors.