Among the 59, four people ranging in age from 59 to 80 with histories of chronic disease died of their complications, Chuang said, but only two of the four had not gotten a flu vaccine.
"The nasal flu vaccine is a great tool to have in that toolbox of different options people can get for the shots", Nordlund said.
Texas Public Health Laboratories are reporting that Flu A (H1N1), Flu A (H3N2), Flu B (Yamagata) and Flu B (Victoria) are being reported across the state.
And Ricci says in general, frequent handwashing this time of year is important as well as staying home from work or school if you are ill, to keep these viruses from spreading.
AstraZeneca Plc (AZN.L) (AZN.N) said on Wednesday an advisory committee of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the use of its FluMist Quadrivalent vaccine in the upcoming flu season, reversing its earlier position.
Researchers reviewed records on more than 400,000 infants born between 2004 and 2014, and found no increased risk of infant hospitalization or death following maternal inoculation during pregnancy with either the flu vaccine or Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis, or whooping cough) vaccine.
DCPH says the flu season is not over and the flu continues to be a serious health threat.
Flu activity is monitored with a variety of surveillance systems in New Mexico, including a network of 45 outpatient providers throughout the state that report influenza-like illnesses (fever with cough or sore throat) from October through May.
They say the flu shot has properties that act as if they were blood pressure medication. The authors note that they studied only people who were sick enough to visit a doctor and get tested. Seventy-five percent of those children were not vaccinated.