Swine flu-related deaths reach 16 in New Mexico

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The DOH is reporting three H1N1 related deaths in the last week

By Special to the Monitor

Novel H1N1 influenza is the predominant strain of flu in New Mexico at this time. All positive flu tests are presumed to be novel H1N1 influenza. The Department of Health is tracking hospitalizations and deaths to determine if there is a change in the severity of the disease.   

The severity of illness due to novel H1N1 influenza has not changed nationally or in New Mexico from the spring.

Influenza-Like Illness

Visits to healthcare providers for influenza-like illness increased to approximately 20 percent this week, up from approximately 16 percent last week. The percentage of visits to healthcare providers is higher than would be expected for this time of year. The Department tracks influenza-like illness, which is defined as fever and either cough and/or sore throat, at 27 clinics throughout the state. Influenza-like illness is the best indicator of flu activity in the state.


The Department of Health is reporting three H1N1-related deaths in the last week in New Mexico. The latest deaths are: a 51-year-old male from Santa Fe County with chronic medical conditions, a 6-year-old female from Santa Fe County without chronic medical conditions and a 47-year-old female from Valencia County with chronic medical conditions.

There have been 16 deaths related to H1N1 influenza in the state.  Information about the other deaths is listed on the Department’s H1N1 website at: www.nmhealth.org/H1N1.

Vaccine Information

The Department of Health has ordered 78,600 doses of nasal and injectable H1N1 vaccine. The vaccine is arriving in small amounts and is being distributed to providers and public health offices statewide.

The Department of Health is encouraging the following people who are at a higher risk for developing serious complications from H1N1 to get vaccinated as soon as possible: pregnant women, household members/caretakers of infants younger than

6 months old, children 6 to 59 months of age, children 5 to18 years with certain chronic health conditions that increase their risk of complications from flu, and healthcare workers and emergency medical service personnel with direct patient care.

The Department of Health is encouraging people in priority groups to call their primary healthcare providers to ask if they are providing the novel H1N1 vaccine. People in the target groups without insurance or a healthcare provider, or whose provider will not offer the H1N1 vaccine, can get the vaccine from a local public health office.  Call your local public health office first to check the availability of H1N1 vaccine.

Vaccine Ordered by County:

The following is a total amount of H1N1 vaccine that has been ordered for each county as of Oct. 14:  Bernalillo (26,500), Catron (60), Chaves (2,790), Cibola (1,050), Colfax (560), Curry (1,930), DeBaca (30), Doña Ana (7,970), Eddy, (2,110), Grant (1,100), Guadalupe (150), Harding (20), Hidalgo (90), Lea (2,550), Lincoln (740), Los Alamos (580), Luna (1,060), McKinley (3,930), Mora (80), Otero (2,380), Quay (330), Rio Arriba (1,755), Roosevelt (690), San Juan (5,360), San Miguel (970), Sandoval (3,560), Santa Fe (4,865), Sierra (380), Socorro (1,050), Taos (990), Torrance (760), Union (130), Valencia (2080).

  A guide to help people determine when they need medical attention is posted at the Department’s H1N1 website at: www.nmhealth.org/H1N1.

Statewide Seasonal Flu Clinics: 1-866-681-5872 or www.nmivc.org/cliniclist.php.