January 27, 2010
From Benjamin Diven, M.D. NMSU Medical Director
Dear NMSU Community:
The traditional influenza season has arrived in New Mexico with a marked decrease in the incidence of the H1N1 or ‘Swine’ influenza. It is still being seen in practices and hospitals that are monitored by the Department of Health at a low rate. Influenza has not been seen at either of the university clinics since the winter break.
The H1N1 and seasonal influenza vaccines are now available to anyone requesting one or both of them. They can be given at the same time. Vaccine is available at one of the community vaccination clinics or call for an appointment at the University Health Center (646-6600) or the Student Health Center (646-1512). There is no charge at the university clinics for the H1N1 vaccination as it is supplied by the government. The seasonal influenza vaccine costs $12.00 at the university clinics.
Typically the worst month for influenza in this region is February with the disease extending into later spring some years. Despite the low incidence of the disease at this time personal and public protective measures are still highly recommended: frequent hand washing; coughing or sneezing into a sleeve, staying home when ill and similar recommendations remain pertinent. Vaccinations continue to be recommended for high-risk populations. For the most up-to-date information, visit the influenza link at http://wellness.nmsu.edu .
Benjamin Diven, MD
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