NM officials: Flu activity expected for several more weeks

Flu Vaccine
This 2011 image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows an H3N2 influenza virus _ the same type of flu that’s responsible for most flu illnesses this winter. A new study shows that this year's flu vaccine is only 23 percent effective, mainly because it isn’t well matched to the H3N2 strain that’s spread across the country. (AP Photo/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Michael Shaw, Doug Jordan)

SANTA FE (AP) – New Mexico health officials say flu activity is widespread around the state and is expected to continue for several more weeks.

The Department of Health says elevated flu activity started a bit later than in the previous three seasons but that flu-related hospitalizations and deaths have increased in recent weeks.

The department also says the flu vaccine for this season appears to be a good match with strains that are circulating.

New Mexico has identified 115 influenza and pneumonia-related deaths this flu season. Of those 115 deaths, 13 were flu-related deaths among adults.

The department says many of the pneumonia-related deaths may have been related to complications from having flu because pneumonia is a known complication of influenza infection.

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