City Warns Spring Break Travelers About Swine Flu Risk
POSTED: Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 6:47pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 7:54pm
Are you planning on heading out of town for spring break? If you are, the City of El Paso's Department of Public Health wants you to remember you could be at risk for contracting Swine Flu on your vacation.
The city is still offering free vaccinations against the virus and health experts say travelers should get vaccinated a week before their trip, since it takes that long for the vaccine to build up in the body.
“With the decrease in the number of cases in our area, it may be easy for El Pasoans to forget the H1N1 flu virus is still out there. Those heading out of town, out of state, and in some cases out of the country need to make sure their vacations are not spoiled by this serious illness,” said Pat Fowler, with El Paso's Department of Public Health.
To schedule an appointment at one of the city's five vaccination clinics, you can call the Health Department at (915) 771-5759.
The clinics are located at the following locations:
• Henderson 721 S. Mesa
• Northeast 5587 Transmountain
• Ysleta 110 Candelaria
• Westside 5195 Mace
• Tigua 7862 San Jose
The city is also offing free vaccinations at the following outreach clinics:
Thursday, March 4 EPCC-Cafeteria Annex, Valle Verde Campus
2:00 p.m. – 400 p.m.
Friday, March 5 Socorro Ramirez, 106 Payton
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Socorro Middle School, 321 Bovee
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 6 Ysleta Clinic, 110 Candelaria
7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Escontrias, 205 Buford Rd.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.