The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging the community to get their free flu shot if they haven’t already done as the region prepares to enter the peak season for the flu.
Public Health officials are urging the community who have not received their flu shot or have not vaccinated their children, to get the shot immediately to protect themselves and their families against the flu.
Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose throat and lungs and 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
“The best way to reduce the risk of flu and its potentially serious complications is by getting vaccinated each year and the best time is now,” 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.”
Reducing the number of flu cases will also reduce the number of flu-related hospitalizations, which in turn will help keep hospital rooms available for those with COVID-19 infections or other serious illnesses or conditions.
There are two main types of influenza viruses: Type A and B. The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people (human influenza viruses) are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year. The City has reported 722 flu cases from October to December, compared to 280 at the same time last year.
Individuals can get the flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine administered at the same time. The city offers free flu vaccine for anybody 2 years of age and older at the following locations with no appointment is needed.
Monday through Saturday | 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- 9341 Alameda
- 7380 Remcon
- 9566 Railroad
- 220 S. Stanton (corner of First and Stanton)
El Paso Convention Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza
Monday through Friday | noon to 6 p.m.
Saturdays 8 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Health officials remind the public to continue wearing face covers, wash your hands frequently and maintain social distancing, regardless of whether you have or have not yet received the vaccine.