Elderly man becomes first person to die from flu in El Paso this season – KFOX El Paso

EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — 

Officials with the El Paso Department of Public Health said a man in his eighties has been the first El Pasoan to die from the flu this season.

Officials said the man was in his eighties with underlying conditions and was not vaccinated against the disease.

Last year, there were 21 flu-related deaths.

The Center for Disease Center recommends that everyone six months and older be vaccinated annually against the flu.

They especially encourage pregnant women, children, young adults, caretakers of infants, and health care workers to be vaccinated.

Because seasonal flu viruses change every year, the vaccine is updated annually. So even if you or your children got a flu vaccine last year, The CDC encourages people to still need to get a flu vaccine every season to remain protected.

As of the end of 2018, there were 666 confirmed flu cases recorded for this flu season. That is compared to 434 cases reported during the same time during the 2017 flu season in El Paso County.

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health is offering the flu vaccine at the following locations.

Ysleta – 110 Candelaria Rd.

Henderson – 721 S. Mesa St.

Central – 5115 El Paso Dr. Suite B room 1

Appointments can be made by calling 915-212-6555.

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