The flu is seriously no joke this season as flu-related deaths continue to rise in the city of El Paso.

Sadly, the Department of Public Health has confirmed two more new deaths related to the flu this year. A male in his 60s and a woman in her 50s have been identified and both also suffered from other underlying medical conditions.

Department of Public Health

In 2017 a total number of 571 flu related cases where reported in El Paso unlike this year where more than 6,500 flu cases have been confirmed according to the Department of Health.

The Department of Public Health continues to emphasize that residents should receive a flu shot. You can call 2-1-1 to find a flu vaccine provider, some which are available for free to residents who are not medically insured.

Prevention is also important by practicing the “4 C’s” – which may help with the risk of contracting the flu this season.

CLEAN - Wash and scrub your hands for at least 30 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.

COVER – Cover your cough with tissue and to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. (Always sneeze away from people or your desk area)

CONTAIN – Contain germs by staying away from others who are sick.

CALL – Call or see your doctor if you or your child has a fever that persists and is greater than 100 degrees.

Once you recover from the flu make sure you clean and desensitize your work, home and car area to help prevent spreading germs.