Experts urge residents to take action in light of flu deaths

Friday, January 18, 2013 - 7:28am

The threat of the flu remains a concern not only across the nation but here in El Paso and Las Cruces. Officials say 8 people have died so far in El Paso and in New Mexico. Experts are urging residents to get their flu shot and they say it's not too late to get one.

"We recommend the flu shot for everyone as a pediatrician we see a lot of high risk patients. Patients that are 6 months to two years old, patients with diabetes, this year's flu strain has been especially aggressive flu virus," Dr. Luis Munoz, an El Paso Pediatrician advised.

The El Paso Public Health Department says three women have died in El Paso. Their ages range from 53 to 83 years old. All three women had serious underlying health conditions.

According to the New Mexico Department of Health, five people have died in their state. Four were women and their ages ranged from 57 to 94 years old.

The total number of those who have come down with the flu stands at more than 1,900 cases in the Borderland. That is not including the month of January.


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