Regional
1:56 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

First Confirmed Flu Case In New Mexico

This season's first case of influenza has been confirmed by the New Mexico Department of Health.  Health officials made the announcement Friday, saying the first case to be reported involves a woman from Santa Fe County.

Officials are urging New Mexicans to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

State Epidemiologist Michael Landen says getting a flu shot is the best protection against the spread of the disease, especially for children and those at high risk.

Symptoms can include a fever, body aches, tiredness and cough.

The Health Department says it doesn't track every case of flu in New Mexico. However, it does track influenza-like illness at several locations around the state to estimate the amount of flu activity.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.