Increase of flu cases spurs many to get shots

Updated: 01/09/2014 6:50 PM | Created: 01/09/2014 6:43 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Doctors across the country are seeing more and more people coming in to get their flu shots, after reports of an uptick of cases and even deaths.

A 76-year-old New Mexico woman has died from the flu, making it the first death of the flu season.

For Roxanne Cabral, health is everything. When flu season came around, she made sure to take her 18-month-old twin daughters to get their flu shots.

“It’s just horrible. It’s horrible to have the flu especially a little baby or a child,” said Cabral.

Cabral said hearing about the increase in flu cases, like H1N1, had her worried. But doctors want people to know that there’s no need to panic. “The flu is the flu and different strains don’t necessarily make it more likely that you’re going to have a complication,” said Dr. Lance Wilson with ABQ Health Partners.

Dr. Wilson said the current flu shot is the best way to keep yourself healthy, and that same shot protects you from H1N1.

The New Mexico Department of Health told KOB Eyewitness News 4 there were 21 flu deaths last flu season. Flu season usually lasts from October to May .

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