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APS takes steps to protect students against the flu

Ryan Laughlin
March 19, 2019 06:09 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- As the number of flu cases continue to rise in New Mexico, the Albuquerque Public School district is taking a proactive step to prevent the virus from having a major impact in classrooms.

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Judith Edwards, senior director of nursing, said the district issued around 4,500 flu shots for elementary-aged students this school year.

“As adorable and as wonderful as those children are, they're the primary carriers of influenza," Edwards said.

Dr. Michael Landen, who is the state Epidemiologist with the New Mexico Department of Health, said this year's flu season is quite different than last year.

“We're having a very long influenza season,” Landen said. “Last year was probably a more severe influenza season, this is a very long season."

Dr. Landen said this year, there are two influenza strains.

“The good news is that the vaccine works for both those," he said.

Dr. Landen said about half of all New Mexicans get vaccinated which is why aps makes it a priority.

The Health Department reports 27 flu-related deaths in New Mexico this season.

Dr. Landen said this year’s flu season could last until June.

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