A second El Paso resident has died as a result of flu complications this season. The City of El Paso Department of Public Health reported today that the patient was a woman in her early 50’s who had underlying medical conditions.
She had tested positive for Influenza A. It is not yet known if she had received a flu vaccine this year.
“This is the kind of news we always regret to announce,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. “Our thoughts and prayers are with this woman’s loved ones as we continue to urge our community to do everything they can to avoid this virus.”
The flu vaccine is still available at local retail outlets and through the “Vaccinations for Health” program which teams up the El Paso Fire Department with the El Paso Health Department. Residents of El Paso and Hudspeth County who are 18 and over and do not have medical insurance or are on Medicaid qualify to receive the vaccine along with other services free of charge.
May dates for the program are:
Saturday, May 7: Go Purple Health Fair at Bassett Place, 6101 Gateway West, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday, May 12: Station 32, 101 George Perry Blvd., 8-10 a.m.
Tuesday, May 24: Station 31, 122 Mesa Park Dr., 1-4 p.m.
Residents are also asked to practice the “4 C’s” which have proven to be effective in preventing the spread of the flu virus.
CLEAN – Wash your hands often. Scrub your hands for at least 30 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
COVER – Cover your cough. Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Don’t have a tissue? The crook of your elbow will do.
CONTAIN – Contain germs by steering clear of others who are sick. If you do get sick, stay home until you’re well again, so you don’t spread more germs.
CALL – Call or see your doctor if you or your child has a fever of greater than 100 degrees.
As of last week, a total of 5,971 flu cases have been reported. There were a total of 5,815 cases of flu reported at this time during the 2015 flu season.
The mission of the Department of Public Health is to provide research and evaluation, prevention, intervention, and mobilization services to the people of El Paso so they can be healthy, productive, safe and secure. For more information on the programs and services offered by the Department of Public Health, visit EPHealth.com or dial 2-1-1.