New Mexico was admitted to the Union as a state on January 6, 1912. Six years later the Albuquerque health officer was able to report no deaths in the city in the prior six months from communicable disease. The Great Influenza would sweep through the state 9 months later, taking between 1,000 and 5,000 lives, and making more than 50,000 people sick. The state's lack of a state health department is cited as restriction in its ability to handle the pandemic (http://newmexicohistory.org/people/influenza-epidemic-in-new-mexico-1918).
Source: "No Deaths in Town From Communicable Case in Six Months," Albuquerque Evening Herald, January 5, 1918. Page 5, Column 3.