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Health Highlight Report for Harding County

Influenza and Pneumonia Deaths: Deaths per 100,000 Population, Age-adjusted, 2013-2017

  • Harding County
    95% Confidence Interval (0.0 - 98.6)
    Statistical StabilityVery Unstable
    New Mexico
  • Harding County Compared to State

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    Description of Dashboard Gauge

    Description of the Dashboard Gauge

    This "dashboard" type graphic is based on the community data on the right. It compares the community value on this indicator to the state overall value.
    • Excellent = The community's value on this indicator is BETTER than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
    • Watch = The community's value is BETTER than state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
    • Improvement Needed = The community's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
    • Reason for Concern = The community's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.

    The community value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the community's 95% confidence interval. If the community's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."
    NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the community's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the community and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a community should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the community number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.

Why Is This Important?

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Illness from influenza viruses can be severe and can lead to complications such as pneumonia and death. (1). Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs due to a variety of causes that can also be severe and lead to complications, including death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at higher risk for serious complications and death from influenza and pneumonia. In 2012, Pneumonia and/or influenza were the 10th leading cause of death as underlying causes of death in New Mexico. Among the high risk populations they were the 6th and 8th leading causes for young children (1-4 years) and older adults (85+ years), respectively. (2)

Evidence-based Practices

Yearly influenza vaccination is a proven way to prevent many individuals from getting the flu and to decrease the severity and complications from flu. It is recommended that everyone 6 months and older receive the vaccine. (3) Certain vaccines help prevent some types of pneumonia. Good hygiene practices can also help prevent respiratory infections such as influenza and pneumonia. Good hygiene for prevention of respiratory infections includes washing your hands regularly, cleaning hard surfaces that are touched often (like doorknobs and countertops), and coughing or sneezing into a tissue or into your elbow or sleeve. You can also reduce your risk of getting pneumonia by staying healthy (preventing chronic illnesses such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS) and limiting exposure to cigarette smoke. (4)


Deaths from influenza and pneumonia include all deaths with an underlying cause with ICD10 codes J09-J18. ICD10 codes are classifications of diseases and signs, symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances and external causes of injury or diseases. Underlying causes of death are diseases or injuries that initiated the chain of events leading directly to death, or the circumstances of the accident or violence which produced the fatal injury.  Death rates have been age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population.

Data Sources

New Mexico Death Data: Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS), New Mexico Department of Health.   New Mexico Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program,   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC WONDER Online Database (  

Measure Description for Influenza and Pneumonia Deaths

Definition: Deaths from influenza and pneumonia (underlying cause with ICD10: J09-J18) per 100,000 population, age-adjusted.
Numerator: Number of pneumonia and influenza deaths
Denominator: Number of persons in the population

Indicator Profile Report

Influenza and Pneumonia Deaths (exits this report)

Date Content Last Updated

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Content updated: Fri, 21 Jun 2019 11:52:53 MDT