As flu season approaches, El Paso County’s leading health authority, Dr. Hector Ocaranza, is urging El Pasoans to get vaccinated against the flu.

To help accomplish that end, the City of El Paso will be putting on drive-thru flu vaccine sites that will be offering no-cost flu shots through October. The hope is that a large part of the community will get the vaccine and in doing so help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems that continue responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know that similar to COVID-19, the flu can be serious and even deadly for those with underlying medical conditions,” Dr. Ocaranza said in a city press release. “What we don’t know is how the flu and COVID will attack the body if they are contracted together during this flu season.”

Cold and flu season typically begins as early as October and can last as late as May. Peak time is generally between December and February, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Free flu vaccines will be available at the sites and times listed below. Other dates and locations will be added in the coming weeks

Free Flu Vaccinations Schedule September-October 2020

•Friday, Sept. 18, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., East Montana Middle School, 3490 N. Ascencion St., Clint (Staff, Students and Community)

•Saturday, Sept. 19, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Frank Macias Elementary, 14400 Golden Eagle Drive, Horizon City (Staff, Students and Community)

•September 21 to October 3, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Butterfield Trail Air Cargo Center, 301 George Perry (First Responders, CI, Healthcare Workers)

•Friday, September 25, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Clint High School, 13890 Alameda Ave, Clint (Staff, Students and Community)

• Beginning October 5, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Butterfield Trail Air Cargo Center, 301 George Perry, and Westside Community Rec Center, 7400 High Ridge Dr.

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