Flu bug slams New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s not your imagination; something really is going around this year.

New Mexico is one of 43 states currently listed as having widespread flu activity according to the Centers for Disease Control.

To make matters worse, this strain of the flu that’s dominant this year, Influenza A H3N2, is particularly nasty. People KRQE News 13 caught up with are feeling it.

“It’s bad,” said Gloria Lujan, who’s had the bug this season. “Not just for myself, but for a few other people that I know who have had it too.”

“It just pretty much has laid everybody out that I know that’s gotten it for a few days,” said Joann Garcia.

But what about the vaunted flu shot? It turns out that’s less effective this year because it’s not well-matched with the dominant flu strain going around. That’s because the virus mutated after this year’s vaccine started being produced.

“A lot of my family has gotten the flu even though they’ve had their flu shots,” said Garcia.

Even so, the CDC is still recommending people get the shot anyway.

“It might be [less effective] this year, but even if it’s lower, it may provide some protection, especially important in people who are at high risk of severe disease,” Dr. Joseph Bresee with the CDC told CBS News.

The New Mexico Department of Health has a list of tips to fight the flu.

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