A New Mexico study has found that Indians are four times more likely to die from influenza.
Experts are now recommending that Native Americans get vaccinations priority, KOAT TV in New Mexico reports. Scientists studied the H1N1 flu and how it affected different groups of people.
(Epidemiologist Michael) Landen works for the New Mexico State Department of Health. He and other researchers teamed up with 12 other states.
“With additional work in New Mexico, Alaska and Arizona, we saw consistent information,” Landen said.
Native Americans across all age groups were dying at disproportionate rate from the flu, Landen said.
New Mexico sent its research to the CDC and it led to broad sweeping changes on who gets first dibs at flu shots.