Vaccinations for Health
The Fire Department would like to remind the public that the service is FREE to residents of El Paso and Hudspeth County who are 18 and over and do not have medical insurance or are on Medicaid. Glucose and blood pressure screening are free to anyone 18 and older. Residents who meet these guidelines are encouraged to take advantage of the program. The goal of the program is to increase the wellness of the community.
The Vaccinations for Health program is a collaboration between the El Paso Fire Department and the El Paso Department of Public Health to provide preventative health care to the uninsured and/or Medicaid who are 18 years or older. The goal of the program is to increase the wellness of the community in an effort to achieve the City’s goal to nurture and promote a healthy and sustainable community.
In addition to the flu vaccine, public health officials remind the public to practice the four C’s in order to help reduce the incidence of infection.
1. CLEAN - Wash your hands often. Scrub your hands for at least 30 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. CALL – Call or see your doctor if you or your child has a fever greater than 100 degrees.
VACCINES AND SERVICES
- Health Screenings and Flu Vaccinations to Anyone 18 Years and Older
- Pneumococcal vaccine to anyone 65 years and up and/or individuals between 19-64 with an underlying health condition that provide a physician RX for its administration. Underlying health conditions include:
- Chronic illnesses (chronic heart, liver, kidney, or lung [including chronic obstructive lung disease, emphysema, and asthma] disease; diabetes; or alcoholism)
- Conditions that weaken the immune system (HIV/AIDS, cancer, or damaged/absent spleen)
- Cochlear implants or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks (escape of the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord)
- Smoke cigarettes
Vaccinations for Health Clinics in October:
Wednesday, Oct. 30 EPFD Safety, Health & Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 8:30AM - 4:30PM.
Saturday, Nov. 9 Fire Station 18, 7901 San Jose Rd., 8:00AM - 11:00AM
Wednesday, Nov. 13 EPFD Safety, Health & Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1:00PM – 4:30PM
Wednesday, Nov. 20 EPFD Safety, Health & Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 8:00AM - 11:00AM
Saturday, Nov. 23 Fire Station 17, 8803 Alameda Ave., 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM.
Vaccinations for Health Clinics in December:
Wednesday, Dec. 4 EPFD Safety, Health & Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1:00PM – 4:30PM
Wednesday, Dec. 11 EPFD Safety, Health & Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1:00PM – 4:30PM
Wednesday, Dec. 18 EPFD Safety, Health & Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1:00PM – 4:30PM
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What is required to qualify for the program?
To qualify you must not have health Insurance and/or covered under Medicaid.
The age requirements are:
- 18 years of age and up-Health Screen, Influenza Vaccine
- 65 years of age and up-Health Screen, Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccines
- Health Screen: Blood Pressure, Blood Glucose Check, and Pulse Oximetry (measures a patient’s oxygen saturation).
- Influenza Vaccine: The Flu Vaccine contains the inactivated virus so that your body can develop antibodies against a specific strain of the virus.
- Pneumococcal Vaccine: Immunization for the prevention of pneumonia.
- What paperwork is required in order to receive the services?
A picture ID or any other form of ID are recommended, but not required. All other paperwork will be provided on site.
- What are the age limits (parameters)?
- 18 years of age and up can receive the Health Screen, Influenza Vaccine, and ColoCARE
- 65 years of age and up can receive Health Screen, ColoCARE, Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccines
- What day can we receive the mention services?
The schedule will be posted on EPHealth.com.
- What are the costs for receiving the services?
None, but only persons:
- 18 years of age and up can receive the Health Screen, and Influenza Vaccine
- 65 years of age and up can receive the Health Screen, Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccines
- Is there any transportation to and from the location?
No, not at this time.
- Where are the services being provided?
The SHOC 5415 Trowbridge and Location to be announced.
- What are the hours of operation?
usually 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. unless announce a different time
- Who is running the program?
The El Paso Fire Department and Department of Public Health. Contact information is located at www.EPHealth.com or 311.
- What are the services being provided?
- Health Screenings for adults 18 years and older
- Influenza vaccines for Adults 18 years and older
- Pneumonia vaccines for Adults 65 years and older
- Do I need the flu shot every year?
Yes, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) it is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get the seasonal flu.
- Can I receive the flu shot or other services if I am currently ill?
No, people who have a moderate-to-severe illness with or without a fever should wait until they recover to get vaccinated.
- Where can I obtain further information?
www.ephealth.com and 311
- Is the location where the services are being offered handicap accessible?
We will assist those that need assistance into the area to complete the Immunization and Screening.
- Can I get directions to the location where the services are being provided?
Location will be announced with directions, and more information will be available at www.ephealth.com and 311
- Can my children get the flu vaccine?
No, unfortunately this program is intended specifically for the elderly. Check with your pediatrician or the Department of Public Health for information on immunizations for your children.
- What is Vaccinations for Health?
The program is collaboration between the El Paso Fire Department and the El Paso Department of Public Health to provide preventative health care to the uninsured and/or Medicaid who are 18 years or older.
- Can I go to any Fire Station for these services?
No, we will be announcing the date and location of the service.
- How long will it take?
Wait times will depend on the amount of patients that participate. All participants will be required to fill out a short questionnaire and survey prior to receiving the service. The forms will be available at the location where the service will be provided.