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Vaccinations for Health Announces Winter Schedule

The El Paso Fire Department is encouraging the community to take advantage of the Vaccinations for Health program, with the release of their Winter schedule.

Vaccinations for Health provides free blood pressure and glucose screenings to patients of any age, free flu vaccines to patients 18 and older, and free pneumonia vaccines to those 65 and older.

Officials with EPFD remind everyone that the service is free to residents of El Paso and Hudspeth County that do not have medical insurance or are on Medicaid. The goal of the program is to increase the wellness of the community.

Due to the popularity of the program, additional dates have been added in December and January.

Vaccinations for Health Clinics in December:

Wednesday, December 5: EPFD Safety Health and Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr. from 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Tuesday, December 11: Fire Station 18, 7901 San Jose from 3:00PM to 6:00PM

Wednesday, December 12: EPFD Safety Health and Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr. from 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Wednesday, December 19: EPFD Safety Health and Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr. from 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Vaccinations for Health Clinics in January:

Wednesday, January 9: EPFD Safety Health and Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr. from 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Wednesday, January 16: EPFD Safety Health and Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr. from 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Thursday, January 17: Fire Station 26, 9418 N Loop Drive from 3:00PM to 6:00PM

Wednesday, January 23: EPFD Safety Health and Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr. from 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Wednesday, January 30: EPFD Safety Health and Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr. from 1:00PM to 5:00PM

 

For more information, residents are encouraged to call 3-1-1 or visit the english-language webpage or click here for Spanish.

Socorro ISD, Immunize El Paso Partner to Host Flu Shot Clinics

On Friday, Socorro Independent School District officials announced that their schools, in collaboration with Immunize El Paso, will host flu shot clinics now through the end of the school year at SISD campuses.

“We have been working with Immunize El Paso for the last five years to help parents, teachers and the community protect themselves against the flu,” said Rebecca Madrid, SISD nurse manager.

The clinics are open to all students, parents, employees and community members. Children receiving immunizations must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Medical insurances such as Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP, and other private insurances are accepted. Participants who are unable to pay won’t be denied services.

For more information about the SISD flu shot clinics, contact your school nurse.  2018-2019 flu clinic schedules

2018 SISD School Nurses

EPFD Offering Free Flu Vaccines to the Uninsured

The El Paso Fire Department is encouraging the community to take advantage of the popular Vaccinations for Health program.

Vaccinations for Health provides free influenza, blood pressure and glucose screenings to patients 18 and older, and pneumonia vaccines to those 65 and older.

There are nine clinic dates in October and November:

Saturday, Oct. 20: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 8 AM to 11:30 AM

Wednesday, Oct. 24: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1 PM to 5 PM

Wednesday, Oct. 31: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1 PM to 5 PM

Saturday, Nov. 3: Fire Station 17, 8803 Alameda Ave., 8 AM to 11:30 AM

Wednesday, Nov. 7: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1 PM to 5 PM

Wednesday, Nov. 14: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1 PM to 5 PM

Saturday, Nov. 17: Fire Station 29, 11977 Pellicano Dr., 8 AM to 11:30 AM

Wednesday, Nov. 21: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1 PM to 5 PM

Wednesday, Nov. 28: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1 PM to 5 PM

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.

For more information, residents are encouraged to call 3-1-1, visit health.elpasofire.org, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Immunize El Paso Secures Additional Flu Vaccine

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.

More information on this year’s flu activity and vaccine can be found at www.cdc.gov/fluimmunizeelpaso.org or by calling 915-881-1100.

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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

Vaccinations for Health Program hosts November Round of Clinics

The El Paso Fire Department is encouraging the community to take advantage of the popular Vaccinations for Health program, which is a successful part of the Medicaid Waiver Program.

Vaccinations for Health provides free influenza, blood pressure and glucose screenings to patients 18 and older, and pneumonia vaccines to those 65 and older.

There are 4 clinic dates in November and they are being held at the following locations and times:

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

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

Wednesday, Nov. 15: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

No health clinic during Thanksgiving week

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

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.

Health officials encourage residents who meet these guidelines to take advantage of the program. The goal of the program is to increase the wellness of the community.

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

EPFD, Health Department Announce September 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, and pneumonia vaccines to those 65 and older, will start again in September.

“The wellness and safety of our community is extremely important to us,” said Medical Deputy Chief Robert Arvizu. “We have received our allotment of vaccines for the new flu season, and were are ready to serve the community who attends these two expos.”

Saturday Sept. 9

Preparedness Expo, El Paso Convention and Performing Art Center,

1 Civic Center Plaza, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday Sept. 12

Aging to Perfection Expo, El Paso Convention and Performing Art Center,

1 Civic Center Plaza, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Department of Public Health: Get Flu Shot before season’s peak

While many residents are counting down the days until Christmas and New Year’s, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health is counting down to the peak of this year’s flu season.

For the months of October and November, 159 confirmed cases of the flu have been reported to the Epidemiology Program. While this is lower than last year’s total of 277 cases during these two months, officials warn the peak of the flu season is typically still weeks ahead.

“We don’t usually see a spike in the number of flu cases until January or February. That’s why it is so important that residents in El Paso receive the flu vaccination right now,” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist. “Yearly flu vaccination is the most effective method for preventing influenza virus infection and its complications.”

It takes several weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection. This is why the Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging residents to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season and get vaccinated as soon as possible.

In addition to your primary health care provider, many local drugstores and retail outlets offer the flu vaccine. Parents may also call the DPH Immunization Program at 915-212-6555 to see if their children qualify for reduced-cost vaccination. Eligible children will not be denied vaccination if parents are unable to pay the administration fee.

Also, the Vaccinations for Health program (a partnership between the DPH and El Paso Fire Department) is offering the flu shot and a basic health screening to those who are age 18 and above who don’t have private medical insurance on Saturday December 19, 2015 at Fire Station 4 located at 1218 Randolph Dr. from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

It is important to keep in mind that the flu vaccine is still considered the first line of defense against the disease. Additionally, residents are asked to practice the “4 C’s” which have proven to be effective in preventing the spread of the flu virus.

  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.

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.

EPFD sets October dates, times for ‘Vaccinations for Health’ program

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 for seniors will start again in October at the following dates and locations.

The new influenza vaccine for the new flu season will be available.

Thursday Oct. 8: EPFD Community Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1-4 p.m.

Saturday Oct. 10: Station 29, 11977 Pellicano Dr., 8-11 a.m.

Wednesday Oct. 14: Station 11, 314 Leon St., 1-4 p.m.

Thursday Oct. 22: EPFD Community Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1-4 p.m.

Saturday Oct. 24: Station 15, 115 Shorty Ln., 8-11 a.m.

Tuesday Oct. 27: Station 28, 10820 McCombs St., 1-4 p.m.

Remember that the service is FREE to residents 50 and over who do not have medical insurance or are on Medicaid. We are encouraging seniors who meet these guidelines to take advantage of the program. The goal of the program is to increase the wellness of our senior citizens in our community who do not have access to these services.

“From September 2014 to September 2015, we were able to see 1,133 seniors,” Deputy Chief Robert Arvizu said. “We want to continue the great success of last year into the coming calendar year.”

For more information, citizens are encouraged to call 311 or visit www.ephealth.com.

Author: El Paso Fire Department

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