The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone older than 6 months receive a flu shot every year.
In recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week—December 6-12—the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is reminding residents of the importance of protecting their health against the flu by getting vaccinated if they have not already done so.
“The week serves as an opportunity to remind the community that it is not too late to get the flu vaccine,” said Public Health Director Angela Mora, “It is extremely important that everybody 6 months and older get vaccinated against the flu to protect themselves and those around them this upcoming winter and holiday months.”
The DPH is working diligently to help stop the spread of the virus by providing free flu shots to everyone 6 months and older.
Public Health officials are encouraging the community who have not received their flu shot or have not vaccinated their children, to immediately vaccinate to protect themselves and their families against the flu.
City health officials share that Influenza is a highly contagious disease that can result in serious complications such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, and even death. Each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports thousands of hospitalizations due to influenza complications. High-risk groups include:
- Seniors 65 and older
- Young children
- Pregnant women
- People with chronic health conditions
Public officials highly recommend essential workers and individuals with chronic medical conditions to immediately vaccinate before we enter the critical flu period. It takes approximately 2 weeks after receiving the vaccine for the body to develop antibodies against the flu.
The city offers free flu vaccine for anybody 6 months and older at the two designated drive-thru city sites from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with no appointment needed.
- City Testing Eastside Site; 301 George Perry Blvd.
- City Testing Westside Site; 7400 High Ridge Dr.
For more information about the free drive-thru flu vaccine locations and scheduled events, visit bepowerflu.com or call 2-1-1.