With the change of seasons upon the Borderland, officials with Immunize El Paso say it’s now time to begin preparing the eminent flu season. The non-profit immunization clinic, is initiating their annual influenza vaccination to give El Pasoans an opportunity to stay healthy.
“We want to ensure that we ensure that everyone is protected going into the flu season, and vaccination is the most effective measure to do so” said Dusty Warden, Outreach Coordinator for Immunize El Paso.
“Flu activity peaked January through March of last year, getting your flu shot early in the season will give your body a chance to build up immunity against the virus” Warden continued.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has reported 9,447 flu and pneumonia-related deaths, with 17 of these being children under the age of 18.
Flu vaccine is now available in multiple variations, including a vaccine that does not use eggs, antibiotics, or live virus in any part of the manufacturing process.
Other presentations include a preservative-free vaccine and a high-dose formulation specifically developed for seniors.
All children, seniors over 65, those with weakened immune systems, and those with chronic medical conditions are extraordinarily vulnerable to the flu, and vaccination is highly recommended for each of these groups.
Non-pharmaceutical interventions are also just as important to stopping to flu. Officials recommend that residents Remember the four “C”s:
- Clean your hands
- Cover your cough
- Contain germs by avoiding others when you’re sick
- Call your doctor if you experience a high-grade fever.
Flu vaccines are now available at each of Immunize El Paso’s clinic locations, along with outreach sites scheduled through the next several months. More information can be found online or by calling 915-881-1100.
Central El Paso | Phone – 915-533-3414
San Juan Clinic
6292 Trowbridge, 79905
Monday through Friday 8AM – 5PM Saturday: 9AM – 12 Noon
East El Paso | Phone – 915-857-2474
1580 George Dieter, Ste 103, 79936
Monday through Friday: 8AM – 5PM Saturday: 9AM – 12 Noon