EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - A woman in her fifties is the first person in the area to have died from the flu this season, the Department of Public Health confirms Wednesday.
According to a news release, the woman had underlying medical conditions and hadn't received a flu shot this season.
"It is never easy to report this type of news, especially so close to the holidays," Public Health Director Robert Resendes said.
Flu activity has increased locally and nationwide, which is why the health department stresses the importance of getting immunized.
"Unfortunately, flu cases will likely increase as we celebrate this season," Resendes said, "...it is so important that those who haven't received their flu vaccine to get their flu shot now."
The Department of Health is encouraging El Pasoans to follow the "4Cs" to prevent the spread of the flu:
- CLEAN: Wash your hands often. Scrub your hands for at least 30 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
- COVER: Cover your cough. Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Don’t have a tissue? The crook of your elbow will do.
- CONTAIN: Contain germs by steering clear of others who are sick. If you do get sick, stay home until you’re well again, so you don’t spread more germs.
- CALL: Call or see your doctor if you or your child has a fever greater than 100 degrees.
For more information, call 211 or click HERE.