• December 1, 2020
 Texas health officials report first flu-related child death; Immunizations highly recommended

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Texas health officials report first flu-related child death; Immunizations highly recommended

Recent Texas influenza surveillance has indicated the first influenza-related pediatric death in our state. The 5-year old child died, who was unvaccinated against the flu, died in south Texas earlier this month.

With flu already reported in the Borderland, it is important to take steps to guard against the potentially deadly virus. Several school closures in central Texas have been prompted by flu outbreaks to curb the spread of the contagion.

Initial data is showing higher than usual influenza activity for this time of the season, indicating a potential for an early flu season,” said Dusty Warden, Outreach Coordinator for Immunize El Paso.

“This data should be a reminder that early vaccination is key to protecting ourselves,” Warden continued.

All children older than 6-months, 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.

Flu vaccines are now available at each of Immunize El Paso’s clinic locations, along with outreach sites scheduled for the next several months.

More information can be found at immunizeelpaso.org or by calling 915-881-1100.

Central El Paso:

Phone – 915-533-3414

San Juan Clinic

6292 Trowbridge, 79905

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

East El Paso:

Phone – 915-857-2474

1580 George Dieter, Ste 103, 79936

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

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