Immunize El Paso ramps up effort to raise flu awareness
POSTED: Monday, September 23, 2013 - 9:12am
UPDATED: Monday, September 23, 2013 - 9:18am
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — This fall, Immunize El Paso is slated to visit over 200 schools, community centers and outreach partners throughout the area with one goal in mind – prevent influenza.
The vaccination group is focusing on target populations that are especially susceptible to catching the flu, particularly children, people with medical conditions and everyone over 65 years of age.
Each year thousands of people in the United States die from flu, and many more are hospitalized.
Flu vaccine is the best protection we have from flu and its complications.
Vaccination also helps prevent spreading flu from person to person.
Last year, 149 laboratory-confirmed, influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported across 38 states.
The state with the greatest numbers of deaths was Texas, with 18 child deaths.
About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop that protect against influenza virus infection.
Vaccines are available in the injectable and the mist form for adults & children.
Patients 18 & younger who do not have insurance may also qualify for free vaccination thanks to a grant issued by the Caring for Children Foundation of Texas.
For more information on where to get vaccinated visit immunizeelpaso.org or call 857-2474.