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Officials with Immunize El Paso say it is not too late to get protected against the flu, with vaccination being the best preventative measure.
“There are several ways to prevent the flu, with the most effective being timely vaccination,” said Dusty Warden, Outreach Coordinator with Immunize El Paso. “Additional methods include avoiding contact with sick people, frequent hand washing, and disinfecting surfaces that may become contaminated.”
The influenza virus is beginning to hit Texas, notated by an upward trend in reported illnesses throughout the state and the entire U.S.
Data collected for the 2018-19 flu season by the Texas Department of State Health Services indicate 1,865 pneumonia and influenza-related deaths so far, with 96 within health region 9/10 which includes El Paso.
A total of 13 pediatric deaths have been attributed to the flu, with one being right here in Texas.
Should you believe you have the flu, stay away from others to avoid infecting them. Should you experience flu symptoms and are in a high-risk group, contact your healthcare provider. If you experience shortness of breath, dizziness, persistent vomiting, or a fever with a worsening cough, seek immediate medical attention.
Flu vaccines continue to be available at each of Immunize El Paso’s clinic locations along with outreach sites scheduled through the next several weeks.
Central El Paso: Phone – 915-533-3414
San Juan Clinic
6292 Trowbridge, 79905
Monday through Friday 8 AM – 5 PM
Saturday: 9 AM – Noon
East El Paso: Phone – 915-857-2474
1580 George Dieter, Ste 103, 79936
Monday through Friday: 8AM – 5PM
Saturday: 9AM – 12 Noon