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With El Paso County reporting nearly a tripling in flu cases compared to last year, Immunize El Paso is stepping up efforts to ensure borderland residents get protected.
The non-profit immunization group recently received a shipment of over 2,000 flu vaccines for adults, and has an additional stockpile reserved exclusively for children who do not have health insurance or cannot otherwise afford the vaccine.
Typically, the flu vaccination period is from September to mid-December, with most providers ceasing immunization efforts after this time frame. With the news of widespread flu activity across Texas, patients have had mild difficulty locating flu clinics.
This prompted IZEP to procure additional doses to avoid circumstances of a localized shortage.
“After the holiday season, it can be particularly difficult to find influenza vaccine” said Dusty Warden, outreach coordinator for Immunize El Paso. “With news of rising flu activity, people have been seeking out protection against the potentially deadly virus.”
Testing by the Texas Department of Health has revealed that the most prevalent strain of flu being transmitted is an Influenza Type A (H3N2), which a related strain is contained in this year’s flu vaccine formulation. Matching flu transmission with flu vaccine components naturally increase the likeness of effective vaccine protection.
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 will be available at each of Immunize El Paso’s clinic locations along with outreach site scheduled through the next several weeks.
Central El Paso:
San Juan Clinic
6292 Trowbridge, 79905
Monday through Friday 8AM – 5PM
Saturday: 9AM – 12 Noon (check schedule for details)
Phone – 915-533-3414
East El Paso:
1580 George Dieter, Ste 103, 79936
Monday through Friday: 8AM – 5PM
Saturday: 9AM – 12 Noon
Phone – 915-857-2474