Girl's death linked to flu virus

Girl's death linked to flu virus

POSTED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 11:40am

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 11:49am

El Paso's fourth flu-related death involves a 12-year-old girl, why health officials said also had serious underlying health conditions. This is the fourth flu-related death for El Paso. 

“This child’s death comes at a time when our staff continues to work diligently to
track the current flu patterns and as we collectively work to prevent more cases.
While it is difficult news to bear, it is also galvanizes our commitment to making a
positive difference in our community,” said Bruce Parsons, Interim Public Health

The Department of Public Health continues to recommend vaccinations as well as the four C’s in order to
prevent further illness in our community:

CLEAN-Wash your hands often. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds with
soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
COVER-Cover your cough. Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you
cough or sneeze. Don’t have a tissue? The crook of your elbow will do.
CONTAIN-Contain germs by steering clear of others who are sick. If you do get
sick, stay at home until you’re well again so you don’t spread more germs.
CALL-Call or see your doctor if you or your child has a fever greater than 100

This season a total of 2,902 flu cases have been reported to the Department from
October through the third week in January, health officials said. 

The Department would like to remind the public that flu vaccines are still available at
our Immunization Health Centers located throughout the city. The cost of the vaccine is
$10.00 for children six months to 18 years of age who qualify, and $35.00 for the
general public. Please call (915) 771-5822 to check availability.  

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