Why get a FLU shot?

  • The flu is a serious condition and a contagious respiratory illness caused by the Influenza virus.
  • It can be a serious illness
  • and at times can lead to death.
  • Texas reported 10.020 deaths for the 2018-19 flu season.
  • People with chronic conditions, such diabetes, may have serious
  • health issues if they do not get the flu shot. It may include:
    • Fever
    • Pneumonia
    • Asthma
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an annual flu vaccine starting as young as 6 months of age, including pregnant women.

Where To Get the FLU Shot?

El Paso Health STAR, CHIP, and CHIP Perinate Members, you can receive your flu shot at no cost! You have these options:
  • Children ages 6 months to 6 years old are recommended to get their shot at their doctor’s office.
  • Members ages 7 to 99 years old are recommended to get their shot at their doctor’s office OR at any participating innetwork pharmacy.
To find a pharmacy, go to https://secure.healthx.com/elpasoPDmember/


Important to know

  • Influenza is also called “the flu”.
  • Flu symptoms usually start quick.
  • Kids and adults can spread the flu before they feel symptoms and even after they feel better.
  • The flu season begins in October and can last as late as May.
  • The flu affects the respiratory system, which includes your nose, throat and lungs.
  • The way to stay healthy in this flu season is to get the vaccine. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the spread of the flu this season is more important than ever.
  • There is a vaccine to protect against flu. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.
  • Some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are the same and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.
 

Fight the FLU

AVOID CONTACT Avoid close contact with sick people and while sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.




STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you (or your child) stay home for at least 2 days. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.

COVER YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.



AVOID TOUCHING
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs are spread this way.




WASH YOUR HANDS
Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.



CLEAN AND DISINFECT
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.




flu symptoms  are fever, body aches, runny or sturffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, tired, chills and body shakes, and headache

CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING
2 OR MORE OF THESE SYMPTOMS.