Flu season sweeps across the El Paso area

Just a common cold or influenza? The flu has recently became an epidemic around the city due to the season. This illness causing fever, chills, body aches, sore throat, stuffy nose and headaches. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that out of the 9 million cases since 2010 there have been 12,000 to 56,000 deaths and 140,000 to 710,000 hospitalizations involving the influenza diseases among Americans. They also state that the flu spreads mainly through tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. You may also get the flu by touching an infected surface or object then touching your mouth, eyes, nose or eyes.

The flu has dangerously made its way around the community, in El Paso there has been eight deaths this season alone. The disease mainly targets those with weak immune systems, for example, children, pregnant women and elders. Health teacher, Leslie Beeman, believes using simple everyday habits will help prevent the flu.

“Have good hand washing skills and cover your sneezes and coughs,” Beeman said.

Disinfecting your surroundings can have a high prevention on the spread of the flu but is not guaranteed to keep you healthy. It is important to use personal hygiene especially when being in a public place like school.

School nurse, Kelly Hernandez, says that 10 to 12 students go home or call in daily ill.

“The flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu,” Hernandez said.

She agrees with Beeman that washing your hands is very important year round especially during the flu season.

Taking these precautions could prevent you from becoming a statistic in this growing flu epidemic.