Department of Health releases H1N1 stats

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By Special to the Monitor

SANTA FE — A recent analysis of death and hospitalization data due to H1N1 in New Mexico found that children younger than age 5 have the highest rate of hospitalizations, and people age 50 to 64 have the highest death rate.

The New Mexico Department of Health’s Epidemiology and Response Division analyzed data collected since April 2009.

 New Mexico’s overall rate of H1N1 hospitalizations is 50.3 per 100,000 population. The rate for children younger than age 5 is 135.5, a rate more than 2.5 times higher than any other age group in New Mexico and twice the national estimate.

Children and young adults 5-24 had the second highest rate in New Mexico at 50.6 per 100,000 people.

New Mexico’s overall death rate due to H1N1 is 2.6 per 100,000 people. The highest death rate in New Mexico is 5.3 among people 50 to 64 years followed by 3.1 for people age 65 and older. Children younger than age 5 and adults 25 to 49 had a death rate of two per 100,000 individuals.

“While H1N1 disease has been declining, New Mexicans are hospitalized every week, and people continue to die from influenza complications,” said Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil, MD.  “You should still take this disease seriously, and the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself.”

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