POSTED: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 12:46pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 9:29pm
EL PASO--- They're on the front lines of emergencies every day, dealing with the hurt and the sick.
But there's one virus first responders want to stay away from; swine flu.
"Yes, I have been exposed as a matter of fact. There's been a few patients...who have said they have been diagnosed with swine flu," said Danny Flores, an EMT with the El Paso Fire Dept.
That's why Flores came to Fire Headquarters for his shot Wednesday, one of 300 first responders to receive the vaccine all day.
But Flores says he's also thinking of protecting his little niece back home.
"So my immune system may be well and good, but I just don't want to pass along any type of illnesses or virus that she may not be accustomed to," he said.
Those 300 first responders, including police officers, EMTs and firefighters, are now vaccinated against swine flu.
Though they're considered at risk for exposure, they were asked to wait for two weeks after the city gave out its first batch of vaccinations to the public.
"The first responders were asked to hold off, because we knew we were getting in these vaccines, so we wanted the general public to receive that first," said fire dept. Spokesman John Concha.
Texas Tech Medical Center has more to give to first responders.
Another 700 doses to be given out Tuesday.
While there are more first responders than vaccine available, they're not required to take it.
So there's a chance that all who want it, will get it.