With flu season underway and expected to continue through early May, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is urging all New Mexicans to get their flu shot this year.
“This year, it is more important than ever to get your flu shot,” said Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. “Now is the best time to get your flu shot.”
“Getting your flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and loved ones from the complications, hospitalizations, or death that influenza can cause,” said Dr. Chris Novak, NMDOH Public Health Medical Director. “In addition, getting a flu shot saves healthcare resources and hospital rooms for treating COVID-19 patients and others with more serious health conditions.”
The following groups of people are strongly recommended to be vaccinated because they are at high risk for complications from influenza, or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications:
People in these groups should also consider seeing their healthcare provider as early as possible to be evaluated for antiviral medication if they develop flu symptoms because the sooner that these medications are begun, the better the chance of preventing serious complications.
People who have the flu may have some or all the following symptoms:
“Remember that to avoid catching the flu or passing it on to others, everyone should wash their hands frequently, cover their mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, and stay home when ill.” said Dr. Novak.
Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including healthcare provider offices, pharmacies, hospitals, and public health offices, as well in some worksites and schools. The New Mexico Department of Health encourages those with health insurance to contact their healthcare provider or pharmacist about getting a flu vaccine. The Health Department offers vaccinations for people without insurance or who are otherwise not able to get vaccinated. Those with Medicaid or other insurance who go to Public Health Offices are asked to bring their insurance card.
Additional information on the flu from the New Mexico Department of Health can be found at https://www.TogetherNM.org/flu.