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New Mexico reports the first death of the flu season

December 17, 2018 GMT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is reporting the first death of this year’s flu season.

Officials at the New Mexico Department of Health in Santa Fe said Monday that a woman from Lincoln County has died from the flu.

They described the woman as age 65 years or older.

Her death is the first for the 2018-2019 flu season.

Department Secretary Lynn Gallagher says it’s a reminder of the importance of getting the flu vaccine, especially for small children and the elderly.

Health experts say the flu typically peaks between December and February.

The state reports more than 280 influenza and pneumonia-related deaths occurred during the last flu season.

Health officials recommend the flu vaccine for people as young as 6 months old.