El Paso had three times number of flu cases in 2012 compared to 2011
Updated On: Jan 14 2014 09:35:28 PM CST
Last year, the total number of influenza cases reported was 3,094, according to the City of El Paso Deparment of Health.
That is more than three times the number of cases that were seen in 2011, which was 873 cases. More than half of the 3,094 cases were reported in the month of December 2012 with a total of 1,704 cases reported that month.
The flu season total for 2012-2013 is currently 1,989 cases with cases for the month of January still pending.
This compares to 31 cases for the same time period in the 2011-2012 flu season.
No deaths have been reported in El Paso.
Flu vaccines are still available at the Department of Health's Immunization Health Centers located throughout the city.
The cost of the vaccine is $10.00 for children six months to 18 years of age who qualify, and $35 for the general public.
Please call (915) 771-5822 to set up an appointment.?? For more information on flu prevention, visit http://home.elpasotexas.gov/health/seasonal-flu-information.php and you can call 2-1-1 for information on flu vaccine providers.