Welcome to the City of El Paso Department of Public Health Flu Prevention Website. This website is designed with the informational needs of our community in mind and we hope that you will find this site to be a useful and reliable resource.
The Department encourages everyone to contact their primary healthcare provider or a retailer in order to obtain the 2011-2012 seasonal flu vaccine. In fact, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages everyone older than six months of age to get the vaccinated. This is especially true for pregnant women, children, young adults, caretakers of infants, and health care workers. This year, the seasonal flu vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season.
Children six months through eight years of age are recommended to receive 2 doses of 2010-11 flu vaccine unless they have received: at least 1 dose of 2009 H1N1 vaccine, and at least 1 dose of seasonal vaccine prior to the 2009-2010 flu season or 2 doses of seasonal flu vaccine last flu season. If possible, the first dose should be given as soon as vaccine becomes available. The second dose should be given 28 or more days after the first dose. The first dose prepares the immune system; the second dose is a booster and provides immunity. Children who only get one dose but need two doses can have reduced or no protection from a single dose of flu vaccine. Two doses are necessary to protect these children. If your child needs two doses, begin the process early, so that children are protected before influenza starts circulating in your community. Be sure to follow up to get your child a second dose if they need one. It usually takes about two weeks after the second dose for protection to begin.
Because seasonal flu viruses change every year, the vaccine is updated annually. So even if you or your children got a flu vaccine last year, you both still need to get a flu vaccine this season to remain protected.
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