Graphic courtesy CDC
The City of El Paso Department of Public Heath (DPH) announced Monday that one person has died as a result of complications related to the influenza virus.
This is the first flu-associated death in the El Paso area, and involves a man in his 70’s who had underlying medical conditions.
“Although this gentleman was a senior, the majority of cases being seen this year are children. Parents are encouraged to ensure that their children’s flu immunizations are current because the vaccine is the number one defense against the virus and the flu continues to circulate in our area,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director.
Between October 1, 2019 and January 4, 2020, the Epidemiology Program has recorded 3,534 cases of flu in El Paso. That is a 47 percent increase in the number of cases as compared to the same time during the 2018-2019 season.
A total of 2,407 cases of flu were recorded up to the first week in January of 2019.
“In addition to the vaccine, people can help stop the spread of illness and reduce their chance of catching the flu by washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if they’re sick,” health officials added.
The flu shot continues to be offered to children at the three DPH Immunization Clinics and to those who are 18 years and over via the Vaccinations for Health Program.
This month’s outreach events at the El Paso Fire Department Safety, Health & Outreach Center located at 5415 Trowbridge Drive are scheduled for:
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.