PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH
Department of Public Health Continues H1N1 Efforts
The City of El Paso Department of Public Health is reminding the public that the H1N1 influenza vaccine is still being administered for free at area clinics as well as outreach clinics at various locations across town. The announcement comes in the wake of other agencies stating that they will soon stop administering the H1N1 vaccine.“The Health Department continues to remain vigilant in the fight against H1N1. We continue to make it as easy as possible for residents to get the vaccine and protect themselves and their families” said Michael Hill, Health Director. “Already the response to our H1N1 online vaccine application has shown that many El Pasoans still realize the importance of getting vaccinated” said Hill.
H1N1 Vaccine Now Just a Click Away
The City of El Paso Department of Public Health is now making it more convenient than ever for citizens to access the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine. Citizens can now sign up for an appointment at one of the city’s five clinics by logging on to the department’s website and sending their request via the internet. An appointment confirmation will then be sent back to them letting them know where and when the free vaccine will be given. The application is being made available in both English and Spanish.
In addition to making it faster and easier to access the H1N1 vaccine, the hope is that the community will see how the department continues to fight the potentially deadly virus and that the community will recognize how important it is to get vaccinated.
The number of children returning to receive the second vaccine does remains alarmingly low in El Paso. Parents are reminded that children younger than 10 years old should receive the second dose at least a month after the first in order to be fully protected against H1N1. If more than a month has passed, the child should still receive the second dose without having to begin the process again.
For more information on the H1N1 influenza virus or the vaccine the public may call 2-1-1 or visit the city’s website at www.elpasotexas.gov/health.