With flu season now upon us and talk of a "twindemic" being a very real possibility this winter, local health authorities are urging El Pasoans to get vaccinated against the flu. The aim is to reduce cases of the flu and prevent hospitals from being overrun while COVID-19 continues to linger in our community.

To help accomplish that end, the City of El Paso’s Department of Public Health will be offering no-cost flu shots at various locations throughout the week.

The flu shots are free to anyone 6 months of age and up, and no insurance is required from anyone, according to a post on the City of El Paso Facebook. All you have to do is, prior to showing up at the location most convenient to you, print and fill out the patient questionnaire found at THIS LINK and take it with you.

The vaccination clinics will be conducted drive-thru style in order to minimize contact. There is no need to get out of your car. Free flu shots will be available at the following sites on the specific dates and times listed below. And please remember to mask up.

Free Drive-Thru Flu Vaccinations Schedule for Week of October 5

• Monday through Saturday, October 5 through October 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Butterfield Trail Air Cargo Center, 301 George Perry

• Monday through Saturday, October 5 through October 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westside Community Rec Center, 7400 High Ridge Dr.

• October 5 & 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ysleta ISD, 9600 Sims Dr.

• October 6 & 8, 12 noon to 6 p.m., Ysleta ISD, 9600 Sims Dr.

• October 12 & 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fabens ISD, 208 NE 4th St.

Free Walk-In Flu Vaccinations Schedule for Week of October 5

• October 10, 9 a.m to 12 p.m., Centro de Salud La Fe, 1713 Banker Rd.

• October 10, 9 a.m to 12 p.m., Centro de Salud La Fe, 12101 Socorro Rd., Socorro,TX