3 flu-related deaths in El Paso confirmed

POSTED: 02:10 PM MST Jan 30, 2013    UPDATED: 08:38 PM MST Jan 14, 2014 
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EL PASO, Texas -

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health announced Wednesday afternoon  that three chronically ill people in the El Paso area have died after getting the flu.

The patients, all three female, were 83, 70, and 53-years-old. All three women had serious underlying health conditions, according to the Department of Public Health.

"Our efforts to combat this disease have been reinvigorated knowing that three medically fragile members of our community have died after getting the flu," said Bruce Parsons, Interim Health Director. "We share this information in hopes of renewing the public's interest in taking the appropriate steps to prevent more cases of flu this season."

The Department continues to recommend vaccinations as well as the four C's in order to prevent further illness in our community:

The flu season total for 2012-2013 is currently 1,989 cases with cases for the month of January still pending. This compares to 31 cases for the same time period in the 2011-2012 flu season.