UPDATE: Flu-Related Deaths Climb to 19 in El Paso
The flu in El Paso continues to be of concern as another victim passes away.
The most recent patient was a woman in her 50s who had the flu and was also suffering from underlying medical conditions.
According to the Department of Public Health has confirmed a total of 9,226 flu cases have been reported this year, compared to 1,211 cases at this time last year.
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.