Flu cases nearly triple in El Paso as students return to school

El Paso News
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Many students across the borderland are returning to school this week however, the flu is aggressive this season. Cases nearly tripled from mid December to the end of the year…

Students should be focusing on studies as they walk back into school this year. However with the flu season heating up they’ll also have to be watching out for their health.

Most flu cases in El Paso have been children. The City of El Paso Department of Public Health said from October to the end of 2019 there were 1,814 cases of the flu diagnosed in El Paso with more than half being diagnosed the last two weeks of the year.

From October 1 to week 50 of 2018 there were 666 cases. In week 51, another 431 cases were diagnosed. In week 52, another 717 cases were diagnosed, according to City of El Paso Department of Public.

About 80% of the cases are children.

Some things you are recommended to do to prevent the flu:

  • The most effective is getting the flu shot. Which you can still get through March.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Sanitize any areas that may be contaminated.

The Department of Public Health says area schools have protocols to keep students as healthy as possible.
 
“Schools in El Paso do a great job in sanitizing the common areas in their facilities. They are vigilant of health condition of children during school time,” said Fernando Gonzalez with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health.
 
Gonzalez said parents have a responsibility to keep their kids home if they are sick.

As we’ve reported, the department confirmed an elderly man in his 80s who did not get the vaccine was the one flu related death in El Paso.

The peak of flu season runs through February.

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