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Second Flu-Related Death this Season Reported in El Paso

An El Paso woman in her mid-20s is the second flu-related death in the area so far this season.

City of El Paso Department of Public Health officials say the woman had no known underlying medical conditions. Additionally, epidemiologist investigating the case say the woman had been vaccinated against the influenza virus.

“As public health professionals, this is very difficult news to deal with, as is any loss of life,” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist. “The only thing that could make this even worse is if our community assumes that this means the vaccine is ineffective, when we know that this is not the case.”

As of the second week of January, the number of flu cases in El Paso is 2,946. That is compared to 3,377 at the same time last season.  Health officials add that there were 21 flu-related deaths during last year’s flu season.

In addition to the flu vaccine, public health officials urge the public to practice the four C’s in order to help reduce the incidence of infection. They are:

  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.

Additional information is available online in English or  Spanish under the flu tab.

Third Flu-Related Death in El Paso Reported; Pre-Teen Had ‘Multiple Underlying Medical Conditions’

Late Tuesday afternoon, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health announced the third flu-related death in the area this season.

The patient was a pre-teen girl with multiple chronic medical conditions. She tested positive for Influenza A and had not received a flu vaccine this season.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with this young girl’s loved-ones. A tragedy like this one reminds us why the work we do is so important,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. “This is why we promote flu prevention to help prevent all kinds of diseases.”

The flu vaccine is still considered the first line of defense against the disease and El Pasoans should consider that it is not too late to be vaccinated.

In addition, the “4 C’s” can be used year-round to help prevent the spread of disease.

  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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. CALL – Call or see your doctor if you or your child has a fever of greater than 100 degrees.

For more information on the programs and services provided by the Department of Public Health, please call 2-1-1 or visit www.EPHealth.com

Department of Health Confirms First Flu-Related Death of the Season

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health has recorded the first flu-related death in our area this season.

The case involves a man in his 90’s who had underlying medical conditions. He tested positive for Influenza A, and it is not known if he had received a flu vaccine for this flu season.

“We are saddened anytime we see the flu virus claim a life in El Paso,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. “We know the number of flu cases is increasing both locally and throughout the country right now and so we encourage residents to be on guard and do what they can to prevent the spread.”

The flu vaccine is still considered the first line of defense against the disease and El Pasoans should consider that it is not too late to be vaccinated. 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. The services will be offered March 1, 8, and 29, 2017 at the EPFD Safety Health Outreach Center located at 5415 Trowbridge Dr. from 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The Department of Public Health will team up with the Horizon Fire Department to offer free services that include free flu vaccines on March 13, 2017 at the El Paso County Self-Help Center located at 15731 Kentwood Avenue, Horizon, TX, 79928. Services will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 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:

  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 of greater than 100 degrees.

As of mid-February there have been a total of 1,320 flu cases reported. More than half of those cases were reported in the first weeks of February. There were a total of 1,684 cases of flu reported at this time during last years’ flu season.

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 call 2-1-1 or visit www.EPHealth.com.

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