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Immunize El Paso Begins Flu Vaccinations

With autumn rapidly approaching, it’s now time to begin preparing for flu season. Immunize El Paso, a non-profit immunization clinic, has begun administering vaccines to children and adults of all ages.

Last year, over 180 child deaths were reported by the CDC, the highest ever recorded in a regular flu season. Of those, 80% of these children were not vaccinated.

“The CDC’s numbers are alarming, considering that many of these deaths may have been prevented.” said Dusty Warden, Outreach Coordinator for Immunize El Paso.

“Sixteen pediatric deaths occurred right here in Texas, meaning we are not exempt from the wrath of the flu. It is important to get immunized to be protected against the flu.” Warden continued.

Flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. The clinic also stocks a high-dose formulation, specifically developed for persons 65 years of age and older.

One people get older, their immune system weakens, which means anti-body response after getting traditional flu vaccine isn’t as high was it used to be. This high-dose vaccine helps promote a stronger immune response to combat the flu.

Non-pharmaceutical interventions are also just as important to stopping to flu. Remember the four “C”s: Clean your hands, Cover your cough, Contain germs by avoiding others when you’re sick, and Call your doctor if you experience a high-grade fever.

Flu vaccines are now available at each of Immunize El Paso’s clinic locations as well as community outreach sites scheduled through the next several weeks.

More information can be found at  www.cdc.gov/flu 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

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