Flu-related deaths in El Paso have risen to a total of 11 as the epidemic continues to affect people across the United States.

This season’s flu is no joke with continuous cases of young children, adults and seniors passing away due to the flu.

According to the Department of Public Health two men in their 80s along with another male in his 50s and a female in her 70s have passed away due to the flu, but also had other underlying medical conditions.

Department of Health

The Department of Public Health encourages El Paso residents to call 2-1-1 to find a flu vaccine provider, some which are available for free to residents who are not medically insured.

Also make sure to practice 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 - find more helpful tips HERE.