H1N1 Update from the Department of Health

According to the department, there were five H1N1 deaths in New Mexico last week:

A 27-year-old female from Doña Ana County without chronic medical conditions

A 53-year-old male from McKinley County without chronic medical conditions

A 4-year-old male from San Juan County without chronic medical conditions

A 53-year-old male from Bernalillo County with chronic medical conditions

A 51-year-old male from Valencia County with chronic medical conditions.

26 deaths in the state have been related to H1N1.

There were 2 percent fewer doctor visits last week for flu-like symptoms than the week before.

The severity of Novel H1N1—the strain in New Mexico—has not changed since the spring.

DOH has ordered 186,760 doses of vaccine, but it’s trickling in. (New Mexico has an estimated 2 million citizens, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.) These people have vaccine priority: pregnant women; household members/caretakers of infants less than 6 months old; children 6 to 59 months of age; children 5 to 18 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.

For state H1N1 info, go here or call 1-866-850-5893.

For information in Spanish, call 1-800-784-0394

For a list of statewide flu clinics, click here or call 1-866-681-5872

National H1N1 Information is available here