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444 flu cases reported in El Paso this December

By Crystal Price
EL PASO, Texas -- The Department of Public Health in El Paso reports that it has seen 444 flu cases in the month of December alone.

Health officials said that is a strong spike in flu cases in comparison to November, when they saw 59 cases.

The flu cases that have been reported in the Borderland have been predominantly the H1N1 virus.

Officials said this is the first time they have seen this type of flu since the 2009 outbreak.

However, health officials are not expecting the same outbreak because the flu vaccine now prevents the H1N1 virus as well as other flu strains.

The Department of Public Health said that this year, young adults have been affected by the flu than other groups.

However, they urge everyone to take the right precautions and get vaccinated.

"Influenza can become a real serious illness, and it can produce even death, so this is the precise time in order for the community to attend this call," said Ferndando Gonzalez, lead epidemiologist at the Department of Public Health.

Gonzalez said that despite the recent rise in flu cases, they've actually seen 70 percent fewer cases this flu season in comparison to last December, when there were 1,704 cases

The Department of Public Health said flu vaccinations are available all over town, including at its clinic and at other clinics all over the Sun City.

Contact your health provider to schedule an appointment.



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