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Flu Vaccination campaign begins in El Paso

With the change of seasons upon the Borderland, officials with Immunize El Paso say it’s now time to begin preparing the eminent flu season. The non-profit immunization clinic, is initiating their annual influenza vaccination to give El Pasoans an opportunity to stay healthy.

“We want to ensure that we ensure that everyone is protected going into the flu season, and vaccination is the most effective measure to do so” said Dusty Warden, Outreach Coordinator for Immunize El Paso.

“Flu activity peaked January through March of last year, getting your flu shot early in the season will give your body a chance to build up immunity against the virus” Warden continued.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has reported 9,447 flu and pneumonia-related deaths, with 17 of these being children under the age of 18.

Flu vaccine is now available in multiple variations, including a vaccine that does not use eggs, antibiotics, or live virus in any part of the manufacturing process.

Other presentations include a preservative-free vaccine and a high-dose formulation specifically developed for seniors.

All children, seniors over 65, those with weakened immune systems, and those with chronic medical conditions are extraordinarily vulnerable to the flu, and vaccination is highly recommended for each of these groups.

Non-pharmaceutical interventions are also just as important to stopping to flu. Officials recommend that residents Remember the four “C”s:

  • Clean your hands
  • Cover your cough
  • Contain germs by avoiding others when you’re sick
  • Call your doctor if you experience a high-grade fever.

Flu vaccines are now available at each of Immunize El Paso’s clinic locations, along with outreach sites scheduled through the next several months.  More information can be found online or by calling 915-881-1100.

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Central El Paso  |  Phone – 915-533-3414

San Juan Clinic

6292 Trowbridge, 79905

Monday through Friday 8AM – 5PM Saturday: 9AM – 12 Noon

East El Paso  |   Phone – 915-857-2474

1580 George Dieter, Ste 103, 79936

Monday through Friday: 8AM – 5PM Saturday: 9AM – 12 Noon

Fifth Flu-related Death Reported in El Paso

An elderly man’s death marks the fifth flu-related death in the El Paso area this season.

“We continue to see an unusually high number of flu cases being reported for this time of year,” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist. “Our residents need to continue to practice prevention techniques and be vigilant when it comes to seeing a medical practitioner if symptoms persist.”

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health reports that the man was in his mid-80’s and suffered from underlying medical conditions. Public health officials also say the man had not received the flu vaccine this season.

During the first week of May 2019, more than one hundred cases of flu were reported.

The total number of flu cases as of the first week of May has been recorded at 13,411; compared to 12,369 flu cases reported at this time last season.

There were 21 flu-related deaths during last year’s flu season.

In addition to the flu vaccine, public health officials remind 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 at www.EPHealth.com or www.EPSalud.com under the flu tab.

Number of Flu-Related Deaths in El Paso Climbs to 19

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reports a new flu-related death increasing the total number to 19 so far this season.

The latest victim is a woman in her 50’s with known underlying medical conditions.

A total of 9,226 flu cases have been reported to the DPH this season compared to 1,211 cases at this time last year.

Health Department officials say while it appears the flu season has reached its peak, they continue to urge medical providers to test for the flu and to prescribe antivirals when possible. Residents are encouraged to get vaccinated and practice the “4 C’s.”

  1. CLEAN – Wash your hands often. Scrub 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’re sick, stay home until you’re well.
  4. CALL – Call or see a doctor if you or your child has a fever greater than 100 degrees.

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

The following table has all of the flu-related cases reported so far this season:

1. Female 50’s Underlying Medical Conditions
2. Male 90’s Underlying Medical Conditions
3. Male 90’s Underlying Medical Conditions
4. Male 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
5. Male 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
6. Female 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
7. Female 70’s Underlying Medical Conditions
8. Male 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
9. Male 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
10 Male 50’s Underlying Medical Conditions
11. Female 70’s Underlying Medical Conditions
12. Female 70’s Underlying Medical Conditions
13. Male 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
14. Male 60’s Underlying Medical Conditions
15. Female 50’s Underlying Medical Conditions
16. Female 40’s No Underlying Medical Conditions
17. Male Under 5 Underlying Medical Condition
18. Female 60’s Underlying Medical Conditions
*19. Female 50’s Underlying Medical Conditions

El Paso’s Flu-Related Death Tally Now at 18, Including Toddler

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health confirms that the number of flu-related deaths in El Paso has climbed to 18 with a small child being one of the latest victims of the virus.

A woman in her 40s is the first flu-related death involving an individual without underlying medical conditions.

Additionally, a boy under the age of five also died and was listed with only one medical condition; and a woman in her 60’s – who had underlying medical conditions – has become the 18 flu-related death in El Paso this season.

Public Health officials continue to urge medical providers to test for the flu and to prescribe antivirals when possible. They also encourage El Paso residents to be vaccinated and to practice the “4 C’s.”

  1. CLEAN – Wash your hands often. Scrub 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’re sick, stay home until you’re well.
  4. CALL – Call or see a doctor if you or your child has a fever greater than 100 degrees.

The table below describes all 18 confirmed flu-related cases reported so far this season.

  1. Female 50’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  2. Male 90’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  3. Male 90’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  4. Male 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  5. Male 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  6. Female 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  7. Female 70’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  8. Male 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  9. Male 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  10 Male 50’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  11. Female 70’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  12. Female 70’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  13. Male 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  14. Male 60’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  15. Female 50’s Underlying Medical Conditions
NEW 16. Female 40’s No Underlying Medical Conditions
NEW 17. Male Under 5 Underlying Medical Condition
NEW 18. Female 60’s Underlying Medical Conditions

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 the Health Department’s website.

Four Additional Flu-Related Deaths Reported in El Paso; Total Now at Seven

The Department of Public Health has received reports of four additional flu-related deaths in the area this season bringing the total of flu-related deaths to seven.

“The loss of life to the influenza virus is devastating to say the least,” said Public Health Director Robert Resendes. “The list, which unfortunately continues to grow, shows us how important it is to pay special attention when it comes to our senior population, especially those whose immune system may be especially vulnerable to the disease.”

There have been 3,379 confirmed flu cases reported in El Paso as of the second week in January; more than eight times higher than the 396 cases that were reported at this time last year.

The patients’ information is as follows:

  1. Female 50’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  2. Male 90’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  3. Male 90’s Underlying Medical Conditions
NEW 4. Male 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
NEW 5. Male 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
NEW 6. Female 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
NEW 7. Female 70’s Underlying Medical Conditions

Public Health officials continue to urge medical providers to test for the flu and to prescribe antivirals when possible. El Paso residents are encouraged to get vaccinated and 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 are well again, so you do not spread more germs.
  4. CALL – Call or see your doctor if you or your child has a fever greater than 100 degrees.

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

Department of Health: Two Additional Flu-Related Deaths in El Paso

The Department of Public Health has recorded two more flu-related deaths in El Paso this season with both cases involving men in their 90’s who had received the flu vaccine but who had underlying medical conditions.

“We extend our condolences to the patient’s family and other loved ones,” said El Paso Department of Public Health Director Robert Resendes. “We continue to urge El Paso residents to be vaccinated and to do everything they can to prevent the flu as the season continues and as the number of cases increases exponentially.”

There have been 2,181 confirmed flu cases reported in El Paso so far this season, almost 7 times greater than the 320 reported at this time last year.

“In consideration of the reduced efficacy of this season’s flu vaccine and the high number of flu cases, the CDC is encouraging those with flu symptoms to seek out medical care as soon as possible,” adds Resendes. “Those with active influenza are encouraged to forego attending school or work to reduce the spread of the disease.”

This year’s flu season in El Paso has still not officially peaked, meaning hundreds of additional flu cases are still quite possible in the weeks ahead. The Department of Public Health encourages El Paso residents to call 2-1-1 to find a flu vaccine provider. Residents are encouraged to practice the “4 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.
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 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 the vaccination for your body to fully develop protection against the flu.

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