First Flu-Related Death this Season in El Paso

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Health officials continue to document new cases of influenza in El Paso

El Paso, Texas – The City of El Paso Department of Public Health has confirmed that a middle-aged woman who tested positive for influenza infection has died. The woman had several underlying medical conditions and had been receiving treatment at a local hospital. The news comes as the number of flu cases continues to rise locally.

As of the second week of December, 383 cases of the flu have been confirmed by the Department. A total of 215 flu cases were reported at this time last year.

Department officials are reminding the public that a flu vaccine is still considered the first line of defense against the disease. They are also asking residents 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.

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.

In addition to this advice, the Department’s Immunization program is also offering flu vaccines to children ages six months to 18-years-old who are covered by Medicaid (ALL Texas Medicaid plans accepted), are underinsured, or do not have health insurance, and who meet eligibility requirements. The cost is $10.00. The Department stocks only a limited amount of adult vaccine and the cost is $40.00. Clients are urged to contact the clinic of their choice to verify availability of both the children’s and adult vaccines prior to their visit. Residents may also consult with their primary care provider or a local retail outlet of their choice in order to obtain the adult vaccine. For more information contact the appointments desk at (915) 212-6555.

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.