While El Paso and the rest of the country is still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to remember that flu season is fast approaching and getting the flu shot may be more critical this year than it has in the past.

In El Paso, peak months for the flu range from January through April and while somewhat unpopular and even controversial with some people, the Center of Disease Control says, “the single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year.”  In fact, the flu shot can save lives in some cases.

Unlike the coronavirus vaccine that is currently being worked on and hopefully distributed towards the end of October, the vaccine for the flu is not one that had to be developed from scratch and is readily available at low to no cost throughout El Paso and the surrounding area.  Health officials also advise that people get the flu shot prior to the end of September if at all possible.  Walgreens pharmacies are giving out the vaccine if for some reason you’re unable to get it from your primary care physician.  In many cases, employers provide the flu shot for their workers as well.

As things start to slowly improve COVID-wise in El Paso, let’s try and not get sick at this critical time.  For more information on best practices for avoiding the flu, please click here.

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