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Department of Public Health Prepares for Back-to-School Vaccination Rush

In order to register for classes thousands of students are required to update their vaccination record and with that in mind, the Department of Public Health is urging parents to contact the Immunization Program as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

“We usually see an average of 800 patients every month,” said Department of Public Health Acting Nursing Program Manager Hiddai Vazquez. “When August comes, that number jumps to more than 2,000 patients a month, and that can get very hectic.”

The increase in patients means it is all the more important for parents to call ahead and schedule a visit. Parents can call the appointment line at (915) 212-6555.

In addition, the Ysleta Health Center, 110 Candelaria Road, will be temporarily closed beginning Monday, July 30 in order to provide more centralized services.

The Immunization Program will be teaming up with the Medicaid Waiver program and the Housing Authority to provide services to our community. A Back-to-School event will take place on Saturday, July 28, at Fabens High School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Nurses will be available to review current shot records and ensure students are up to date.

To learn more about the Immunization Program and vaccine-preventable diseases, visit the Department of Public Health at www.EPHealth.com or www.EPSalud.com.

Department of Health Issues ‘Health Advisory’ Over Flu in Region

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health is issuing a health advisory to local physicians and healthcare providers regarding the increase in flu activity and a particular strain that can have severe effects on those with weaker immune systems.

“We want our local community to be especially sensitive to those with chronic conditions and pregnant women because they are considered at a higher risk,” said Department of Public Health Director Robert Resendes. “While we still encourage vaccination, we are also putting the message out to local providers that they need to consider prescribing antivirals quickly as the flu season continues to peak. Those with flu symptoms are encouraged to seek out medical care as soon as possible after onset of flu like symptoms.”

With 1,163 confirmed cases reported so far this flu season, as compared to 252 cases at this time last year, public Health officials are recommending that health care providers who diagnose patients with the flu consider beginning the use of antivirals as soon as possible in order to reduce the severity of the disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) influenza activity in the United States has increased significantly over recent weeks with influenza and the most predominate strain so far this season has been one that can have severe effects on those 65 years and older, pregnant women and young children.

The Department is issuing an electronic Health Advisory to all local doctor’s offices, clinics, and hospitals in an effort to get the message out about the flu this season and special considerations for those most vulnerable, including children and the elderly, and those with chronic conditions. The public is also reminded to practice the four C’s:

  1. CLEAN – Wash your hands often. Scrub your hands for at least 30 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. CALL – Call or see your doctor if you or your child has a fever greater than 100 degrees.

The mission of the City of El Paso Department of Public Health is to Provide Public Health related research, evaluation, education, prevention, intervention, and preparedness services.

For more information on programs and services, call 2-1-1 or visit www.EPHealth.com or www.EPSalud.com.

Department of Public Health Confirms First Flu-Related Death this Season

Wednesday afternoon the City of El Paso Department of Public Health announced the first flu-related death in the area this season.

Officials say the case involves a woman in her 50’s who had underlying medical conditions who had had not received a flu vaccine this season.

“It is never easy to report this type of news, especially so close to the holidays,” said Public Health Director Robert Resendes. “Unfortunately, flu cases will likely increase as we celebrate this season which is why it is so important that those who haven’t received their flu vaccine to get their flu shot now.”

The Department of Public Health encourages El Paso residents to call 2-1-1 to find a flu vaccine provider. Residents are also asked to practice the “4 C’s” which are effective in preventing the spread of the flu:

  1. CLEAN – Wash your hands often. Scrub your hands for at least 30 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. CALL – Call or see your doctor if you or your child has a fever greater than 100 degrees.

An increase in flu activity has been reported locally and across the nation. Getting an annual flu vaccine not only protects you but also protects others around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, elderly, and people with existing medical conditions.

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to fully develop protection against the flu.

For more information on the programs and services provide by the Department of Public Health, call 2-1-1 or visit the website.

Second Case of West Nile Confirmed this Season

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health has confirmed a second case of West Nile Virus in El Paso. The patient is a man in his early 50’s who lives in the city’s Eastside. He does not have any underlying medical conditions and is currently recovering at home.

The first case of West Nile Virus confirmed this season was in May involving a man in his mid-40’s who also resides in East El Paso. A total of six West Nile Virus cases were reported last season.

“With West Nile Virus, and now Zika presenting a threat to our community we need everyone to do their part including draining standing water around their homes,” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist.

Department officials are urging residents to “Tip and Toss” items in their yards to prevent standing water. It takes less than a tablespoon of water to provide a breeding ground for moquitoes. Residents are also reminded to practice the “four Ds”:

  • DEET – Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. To optimize safety and effectiveness, repellents should be used according to the label instructions.
  • DRESS – When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection. Don’t apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Rather, spray permethrin-containing products only on clothing.
  • DUSK and DAWN – Although mosquitoes associated with Zika can be active throughout the day, residents should take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours (from dusk to dawn) or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.
  • DRAIN – Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around and outside your home by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.

You can also mosquito-proof your home by installing or repairing screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out. To report standing water or mosquito breeding call 3-1-1.

In effort to increase awareness about the disease and ways the public can protect themselves, the Department has added a West Nile Virus session to the list of presentations offered by the Speakers Bureau.

Local civic and community organizations can schedule a presentation that will include background on the disease, prevention methods, as well as what people can look out for in regards to signs and symptoms of infection. Presentations can be scheduled by visiting www.EPHealth.com and clicking on “Special Projects.”

 

The mission of the City of El Paso Department of Public Health is to Provide Public Health related research, evaluation, education, prevention, intervention, and preparedness services. For more information on the programs and services we provide, please dial 2-1-1 or visitwww.EPHealth.com or www.EPSalud.com.

EPFD, Health Departments announce March Dates for Free Flu Vaccines

The program “Vaccinations for Health” that teams up the El Paso Fire Department with the El Paso Health Department to provide free influenza, blood pressure and glucose screenings to patients 18 and older, colorectal screening kits to patients 50 and over and pneumonia vaccines to those 65 and older, will start again in March at the following locations and times:

“There’s no question that firefighters are some of the most respected members of our community,” said Bruce Parsons, Assistant Health Director. “They assist those in need and have a rapport with those they serve. Those qualities, coupled with life-saving vaccines and screening tools will help us advance the health of Vaccinations for Health participants and the community.”

Officials remind the public that the service is free to residents of El Paso and Hudspeth County who are 18 and over and do not have medical insurance or are on Medicaid.

“We are encouraging residents who meet these guidelines to take advantage of the program. The goal of the program is to increase the wellness of our community who do not have access to these services.”

Wednesday March 1: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday March 8: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday March 29: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1-5:30 p.m.

For more information, residents are encouraged to call 3-1-1 or visit www.ephealth.com

EPFD, El Paso Health Dept continue “Vaccinations for Health” in February

The program “Vaccinations for Health” that teams up the El Paso Fire Department with the El Paso Health Department to provide free influenza, blood pressure and glucose screenings to patients 18 and older, colorectal screening kits to patients 50 and over and pneumonia vaccines to those 65 and older, will start again in February at the following locations and times:

Wednesday Feb. 1: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1-5:30 p.m.

Thursday Feb. 9: Health Dept. Health Fair, 9031 Viscount Blvd., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Wednesday Feb. 15: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday Feb. 22: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1-5:30 p.m.

“There’s no question that firefighters are some of the most respected members of our community,” said Bruce Parsons, Assistant Health Director. “They assist those in need and have a rapport with those they serve. Those qualities, coupled with life-saving vaccines and screening tools will help us advance the health of Vaccinations for Health participants and the community.”

Remember that the service is FREE to residents of El Paso and Hudspeth County who are 18 and over and DO NOT have medical insurance or are on Medicaid. We are encouraging residents who meet these guidelines to take advantage of the program.

The goal of the program is to increase the wellness of our community who do not have access to these services.

For more information, residents are encouraged to call 3-1-1 or visit www.ephealth.com.

EPFD, Department of Health’s 1st Vaccinations for Health set for Wednesday

The program “Vaccinations for Health” that team the El Paso Fire Department with the El Paso Health Department to provide free influenza, blood pressure and glucose screenings to patients 18 and older, colorectal screening kits to patients 50 and over and pneumonia vaccines to those 65 and older, will start again in January.

“There’s no question that firefighters are some of the most respected members of our community,” said Bruce Parsons, Assistant Health Director. “They assist those in need and have a rapport with those they serve. Those qualities, coupled with life-saving vaccines and screening tools will help us advance the health of Vaccinations for Health participants and the community.”

Remember that the service is FREE to residents of El Paso and Hudspeth County who are 18 and over and do not have medical insurance or are on Medicaid. Officials are encouraging residents who meet these guidelines to take advantage of the program.

The goal of the program is to increase the wellness of our community who do not have access to these services.

Wednesday Jan. 4: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday Jan. 11: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday Jan. 18: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday Jan. 25: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1-5:30 p.m.

For more information, residents are encouraged to call 3-1-1 or visit www.ephealth.com

 

El Paso Fire Department, Dept of Health Announce May Dates for ‘Vaccinations for Health’

The program “Vaccinations for Health” that teams up the El Paso Fire Department with the El Paso Health Department to provide free influenza and pneumonia vaccines, blood pressure and glucose screenings and colorectal screening kits will start again in May at the following dates and locations.

“This flu season started later than usual, but with lots of momentum and severity,” says Robert Resendes, Health Department Director. “As such, it’s still both prudent and timely to be immunized against this flu season’s viruses. This season’s vaccine has proven to be effective against the predominant strains.”

Remember that the service is FREE to residents of El Paso and Hudspeth County who are 18 and over and do not have medical insurance or are on Medicaid. We are encouraging residents who meet these guidelines to take advantage of the program. The goal of the program is to increase the wellness of our community who do not have access to these services.

For more information, residents are encouraged to call 3-1-1 or visit www.ephealth.com

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.

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