Last year, 12,000 cases of the flu were reported in El Paso County.
The Department of Public Health tells us that is three times more than the year before.
October marks the start of an increase in flu activity and one group in particular that’s more likely to get sick are seniors.
According to a survey conducted by Clover Health, 66 percent of El Pasoans over the age of 60 plan to get their flu shot.
Although that’s higher than the national average, a third of seniors in our community are still at risk.
“The CDC came out last year and said that 80,000 people died in last years flu season,” said Lauren Volkmann with Clover Health. “Close to 1,000,900 people were hospitalized. those are crazy numbers for something that could’ve been preventable with the flu shot.”
According to the survey,there are three reasons why seniors didn’t want to get a flu shot:
- Fear of becoming sick
- Concerns that vaccines don’t work
- Being against vaccinating in general.
The City of El Paso is making it easy to find a flu vaccine near you, just dial 2-1-1.