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Health officials urge people to get flu vaccine

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Department of Health is urging New Mexicans to start making appointments with medical providers to get a flu vaccination.

Health Secretary Catherine Torres says children should be vaccinated against the flu each year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that those older than six months get flu vaccine.

The department said flu vaccinations are particularly important for children under age five, pregnant woman, adults 65 and older, Native Americans and people with some medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma and lung or heart disease.

The state agency's public health offices provide vaccines to people without health insurance and those who are at high risk for serious illness.