The flu strain is no joke this season as it claims another two El Paso victims including a toddler.

The Department of Public Health has confirmed two new deaths related to the flu as we enter the month of March, a woman in her 60s who had an underlying medical condition and a 5-year-old child have passed away due to flu-related issues.

The total of flu related deaths climbs to 18 in El Paso this season thus far.

City of El Paso Department of Public Health

Last a total number of 571 flu related cases where reported in El Paso while this year there have been 6,579 confirmed flu cases reported according to the 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.