Weststar Bank Donates $1,660 to Immunize El Paso in a Remarkable Act of Community Support

In a heartwarming demonstration of community spirit and corporate responsibility, Weststar Bank of El Paso, Texas, recently made a generous donation of $1,660 to Immunize El Paso. The funds were raised through a unique initiative that involved bank employees, showcasing their dedication to supporting the local community’s healthcare needs. This act of kindness exemplifies the bank’s commitment to making a positive impact in El Paso and beyond.

The donation to Immunize El Paso was the result of a collective effort by Weststar Bank employees. They came together to contribute to a fundraiser that involved a simple yet effective idea: wearing jeans to work. For each employee who participated in this initiative, a contribution of $5 was made, resulting in a total of $830.

What makes this donation even more remarkable is that Weststar Bank demonstrated its commitment to the cause by generously matching the contributions made by its employees. This matching donation doubled the initial funds raised, bringing the total donation to Immunize El Paso to $1,660.

Jonathan Duran of Weststar Bank presents Executive Director Henry Brutus with a donation check.

Immunize El Paso has played a crucial role in the local community by ensuring timely access to immunizations, especially for those who might otherwise face barriers to healthcare services. Weststar Bank’s Executive Chairman, L. Frederick Francis, expressed deep appreciation for Immunize El Paso’s leadership in serving the community. He emphasized the organization’s role as a vital healthcare resource for those in need.

Quoting Chairman Francis: “Immunize El Paso’s leadership in serving the El Paso community as a vital healthcare resource for those who do not have access to timely immunizations is appreciated in our community.”

Weststar Bank’s generous donation to Immunize El Paso serves as a shining example of corporate philanthropy at its best. It highlights the importance of businesses giving back to the communities they serve, especially in critical areas such as healthcare.

The donation of $1,660 by Weststar Bank to Immunize El Paso demonstrates the power of community support and corporate responsibility. This act of kindness not only provides essential financial assistance to a vital healthcare organization but also underscores Weststar Bank’s commitment to making a positive impact on the well-being of El Paso residents. It serves as an inspiring reminder of the positive change that can occur when individuals and businesses join forces to support their community’s needs.

If you are interested in joining in with Weststar by making a contribution, please visit https://www.immunizeelpaso.org/donate.

Uniting for a Safer El Paso: Support Immunize El Paso on El Paso Giving Day

El Paso Giving Day is a remarkable occasion that brings our community together, giving us the opportunity to make a tangible impact on the lives of our fellow residents. It’s a day when our collective spirit shines, as we join hands to support causes that matter deeply to us. Today, we want to shed light on an organization that plays a vital role in ensuring the safety and well-being of our community: ProAction Inc., specifically their Immunize El Paso initiative. Let’s explore how your support can make a significant difference.

Immunize El Paso: A Lifeline for Our Community

ProAction Inc. is a non-profit organization that has been serving El Paso for decades. Our Immunize El Paso initiative is a crucial component of their mission, dedicated to safeguarding the health of our community through immunization. In times like these, when health and safety are paramount, their work becomes even more critical.

Why Your Support Matters:

  1. Vaccination Education: ProAction Inc. provides essential education about vaccines, dispelling myths and misinformation. By doing so, they empower individuals to make informed decisions about their health and the health of their families.
  2. Access to Vaccines: They work tirelessly to ensure that vaccines are accessible to all members of our community, regardless of their background or circumstances. This inclusivity is vital in achieving herd immunity and protecting the most vulnerable among us.
  3. Community Outreach: Immunize El Paso engages in extensive community outreach efforts to reach underserved populations. They’re on the front lines, working to bridge gaps in healthcare access and promote the importance of vaccination.
  4. Public Health: The work of Immunize El Paso contributes directly to the overall public health of our city. A healthy community is a thriving community, and your support helps make that a reality.

Why El Paso Giving Day Matters:

El Paso Giving Day is more than just a fundraising event; it’s a chance for us to come together and make a lasting impact on our community. It’s an opportunity to be part of something bigger, to contribute to the betterment of El Paso as a whole.

How You Can Make a Difference:

By supporting Immunize El Paso on El Paso Giving Day, you are directly contributing to the health and well-being of our community. Your donation can:

  • Provide vaccines to those who cannot afford them.
  • Support educational programs that dispel vaccine misinformation.
  • Assist in outreach efforts to underserved communities.
  • Strengthen the overall public health of El Paso.

The Power of Unity:

Imagine the collective impact we can make when we all come together, each contributing what we can. It’s a testament to the strength and resilience of our community, showing that when we unite for a common cause, we can overcome challenges and create a safer, healthier future for all.

How to Donate:

Visit El Paso Giving Day’s ProAction Inc. page to donate today. Every dollar counts, and your generosity will ripple through our community, touching the lives of countless individuals.

El Paso Giving Day is an opportunity to be part of something extraordinary, a chance to contribute to the well-being of our community in a meaningful way. By supporting ProAction Inc. and Immunize El Paso, you are helping protect the health of our friends, family, and neighbors. Together, we can create a safer and healthier El Paso.

Join us on El Paso Giving Day, and let’s make a difference together.

Thank you for your generosity and your commitment to our beloved community.

El Paso’s Battle Against the Flu: Join Immunize El Paso’s Campaign for a Healthier Season

Every year, as the chill in the air becomes more pronounced and winter coats become the daily attire, another season lurks in the background – the flu season. In El Paso, the community is taking an active stand against this annual adversary. Leading the charge is Immunize El Paso with its comprehensive Flu Awareness Campaign.

Why Flu Awareness is Critical

Although often brushed off as a mere seasonal inconvenience, the Flu is a formidable foe. Caused by the influenza virus, it can lead to debilitating health complications, extended hospital stays, and in severe cases, even death. The importance of being informed and prepared cannot be overstated.

The First Line of Defense: Vaccination

Daniel Acosta, the Director of Immunize El Paso, succinctly states, “The most effective shield against the flu is to get vaccinated yearly.” It’s a simple act that offers extensive protection, especially for high-risk groups. This includes young children, seniors, pregnant women, and individuals with underlying health conditions.

This season, Immunize El Paso is raising awareness and facilitating easy access to vaccines. They have set up multiple Flu Outreach (mobile) clinics throughout El Paso, ensuring that no resident is left unprotected. For those interested, a comprehensive list of these outreach clinics is available.

National Influenza Vaccination Week: Mark Your Calendars

This year’s National Influenza Vaccination Week, from December 4 to 8, is a timely reminder to get vaccinated. Immunize El Paso is fully prepared with a flu vaccine that protects against four strains of the influenza virus, ensuring that residents are comprehensively covered.

Beyond Vaccination: Everyday Protective Measures

While vaccination is vital, daily hygiene practices play an equally important role in flu prevention. Simple acts can make a big difference:

  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Always cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with those showing flu-like symptoms.

Recognizing the early signs of flu can also help in seeking timely treatment. Common symptoms include a cough, fever, muscle or body aches, and a runny or stuffy nose.


As El Paso gears up to face the flu season head-on, each resident has a role to play. By staying informed, getting vaccinated, and practicing good hygiene, we can collectively ensure a healthier and safer community. Join Immunize El Paso in this crucial battle and make this flu season a healthy one.

Meningitis Vaccination: A Must-Have for Texas College Students

Heading to college in Texas, maybe EPCC or UTEP?  There’s more on the checklist than just textbooks and dorm supplies. One crucial item is often overlooked, yet the state mandates it: the meningitis vaccine.

What is Meningitis? Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Various pathogens can cause it, but bacterial and viral causes are the most common. There’s a heightened risk of contracting meningitis among college students, especially those living in dormitories, due to close living quarters, shared items, and social behaviors.

Why is the Vaccine Mandatory in Texas? In recent years, there have been several outbreaks of meningitis in college campuses nationwide, some with fatal outcomes. Being proactive in safeguarding its students, Texas has made it a requirement for most students entering Texas colleges and universities to be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis.

Who Should Get the Vaccine? Any student under 22 entering a public, private, or independent institution of higher education in Texas for the first time or after a break in enrollment must receive the vaccine. This applies to both full-time and part-time students.

When Should You Get Vaccinated? The vaccine must be administered at least ten days before the start of the semester. If you’ve been previously vaccinated, make sure to check the validity. The vaccine is typically valid for five years, after which a booster might be necessary.

Where Can You Get Vaccinated? Immunize El Paso is fully stocked and equipped to administer the meningitis vaccine. If you’re a soon-to-be college student or know someone who is, now is the time to act.

Protection Beyond Requirements While the vaccine is a state requirement, it’s also crucial in ensuring you remain healthy during your college years. College is a time of growth, learning, and building friendships. Don’t let illness stand in your way. Protect yourself and your community by getting vaccinated.

College life awaits, and while it’s filled with exciting challenges and experiences, health should never be compromised. Stay informed, get vaccinated, and confidently step into this new chapter.

For further details or to schedule your vaccination, contact us at Immunize El Paso.

National Vaccination Awareness Month: The Importance of Staying Immunized

August marks National Immunization Awareness Month, a time to emphasize the significance of vaccinations in preventing diseases and ensuring public health. It’s a reminder that immunity, like many things in life, isn’t permanent. Over time, its protective shield can wane, making us susceptible to diseases we once thought safe.

Our commitment to the community’s health is unwavering at Immunize El Paso. As Daniel Acosta, the Director of Immunize El Paso, aptly puts it, “We have in stock all the vaccines a person will need from when they are infants to the elderly. In July and the first two weeks of August, we witnessed a commendable surge in the vaccination of children. Fortunately, this year has marked an uptick in overall vaccination rates.”

Why Vaccinate?

  • Protection from Deadly Diseases: Vaccines are our frontline defense against menacing viruses that cause diseases like measles, meningitis, hepatitis, flu, and polio.
  • Mitigating Infection Severity: Even if you contract a disease post-vaccination, the severity is often reduced, ensuring fewer complications and a quicker recovery.
  • Achieving Herd Immunity: When a significant chunk of the population gets vaccinated, it paves the way for herd immunity. This phenomenon makes it challenging for the virus to spread, safeguarding even those who haven’t been vaccinated.

Don’t Wait, Vaccinate! By getting vaccinated, you’re not just protecting yourself but also your loved ones. Moreover, you’re playing a pivotal role in shielding those who, due to medical reasons, can’t get vaccinated. This includes individuals with certain medical conditions or those with compromised immune systems.

Visit Us at Immunize El Paso We operate out of three clinics and accept various payment methods, including medical insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare. To get vaccinated, you can schedule an appointment at Appointments – Immunize El Paso or simply walk in. Remember to bring your immunization record; we’ll evaluate it and suggest any vaccines you might need based on your age.

Questions? Vaccines can be a topic riddled with myths and misinformation. If you have any queries about how vaccines function or their impact on the body, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (915) 533-3414. Your health and well-being are our topmost priority.

Stay safe, stay vaccinated!

Immunize El Paso’s July Back-to-School Vaccination Campaign: A Resounding Success!

July’s Back-to-School Vaccination campaign was a huge success! Our Immunize El Paso Director hit the tv and radio airwaves to encourage parents to bring their children to our clinics for their school shots before school starts.

“Getting children in for their vaccinations is a major priority for us and it should be for parents too. Each school year we see hundreds of children for their school vaccines. Parents who are come in July are avoiding that back-to-school vaccination rush,” said Director Daniel Acosta.

School immunizations refer to the vaccines that are recommended or required for students before they return to school. These vaccinations help protect students and the wider community from various vaccine-preventable diseases.

The specific immunization requirements can vary based on the country, state, or region you’re in, as well as the grade level of the student. Commonly required or recommended vaccines for school-age children might include:

  1. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine: This vaccine protects against measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles). These diseases can cause serious complications and are highly contagious.
  2. Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP/Tdap) Vaccine: This vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), and pertussis (whooping cough). Pertussis can be especially dangerous for infants and young children.
  3. Polio Vaccine: This vaccine protects against polio, a viral infection that can cause paralysis.
  4. Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine: This vaccine protects against chickenpox, a highly contagious viral infection.
  5. Hepatitis B Vaccine: This vaccine protects against hepatitis B, a viral infection that can lead to liver disease.
  6. Hepatitis A Vaccine: This vaccine protects against hepatitis A, another viral infection affecting the liver.
  7. Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine: This vaccine helps protect against certain strains of meningococcal bacteria that can cause meningitis and bloodstream infections.
  8. HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine: This vaccine helps protect against certain strains of HPV, which can lead to various cancers later in life.
  9. Influenza (Flu) Vaccine: While not always required, the flu vaccine is often recommended annually to protect against seasonal influenza.

Parents and guardians are usually required to provide proof of immunization, which is usually documented in the form of an immunization record or certificate. If your child needs school vaccines, we welcome you to make an appointment: Appointments – Immunize El Paso

vaccinated child giving thumbs up

Protecting Our Future: Immunize El Paso’s 2023-2024 Back-to-School Immunization Campaign

Immunize El Paso, a leading provider of immunization services in the El Paso region, has announced the launch of its 2023-2024 Back-to-School Immunization Campaign. This initiative is designed to ensure that all students are up-to-date on their vaccinations before the start of the new school year, a critical step in protecting the health of our community.

The start of a new school year is a busy time for families. Between shopping for school supplies and preparing for a new routine, it’s easy to overlook one of the most important tasks – ensuring your child is fully protected against preventable diseases. That’s where Immunize El Paso steps in. Their annual Back-to-School Immunization Campaign is designed to make it easier for parents to get their children vaccinations.

Immunize El Paso will host a series of vaccination clinics throughout El Paso as part of this campaign. These clinics will be held at various locations, including schools and health fairs, and at different times to accommodate as many families as possible. The full schedule of these clinics can be found on the Immunize El Paso website.

Immunize El Paso encourages all parents to take advantage of these clinics. Vaccinations are a simple and effective way to protect your children from various diseases. By ensuring your child is fully immunized, you’re not only protecting their health, but also the health of their classmates and the wider community.

So, as you prepare for the new school year, make sure to add “get vaccinations” to your to-do list. Together, we can create a healthier El Paso.

For more information about the Back-to-School Immunization Campaign or to schedule an appointment, visit www.immunizeelpaso.org. Let’s make the 2023-2024 school year a healthy one!

Immunize El Paso Responds to Arrival of XBB.1.5

El Paso is facing a new COVID-19 challenge, Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5. One of the aspects of this new variant is that it breaks through antibodies people may have from prior Covid-19 infections, making those antibodies useless.

Early research has shown that the bivalent booster is effective against XBB.1.5. At Immunize El Paso, we are stocked with bivalent boosters and prepared to immunize anyone who comes through our doors.

“Because everything is back to normal, people working, not wearing masks, stores and restaurants open etc. it’s easy to forget that we are still in a pandemic. But the fact is that Covid-19, regardless of what variant it is, is still very dangerous. Coronavirus is still causing hospitalizations and deaths throughout the country. Covid-19 should be taken very seriously.”

Immunize El Paso Director, Daniel Acosta

Covid-19 variants will continue to mutate and researchers are keeping an eye out for the next variant hoping the next one isn’t as bad as the one before.

For more information on the bivalent booster call (915) 533-3414, or for an appointment, visit immunizeelpaso.org

Immunize El Paso Begins Bivalent Vaccination for Children

Immunize El Paso has received bivalent booster vaccines from Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna. So far, Immunize El Paso has administered 3,874 bivalent vaccines. With experts warning of a COVID-19 winter spike, the bivalent booster will play a key role in the severity of a COVID infection, hospitalizations, and death rates.

“It is understandable that people may not believe they need another vaccine, but this is the most important vaccine yet. There are two strains of the Omicron virus BA.4 and BA.5, which are infecting people today. The new COVID-19 vaccine bivalent is the only vaccine to protect against those strains of the virus.”

-Danny Acosta, Director of Immunize El Paso

While many people have some form of protection from past vaccines and COVID infections, national studies show the new booster could still save thousands of lives. Immunize El Paso has pop-up clinics throughout the borderland to help facilitate the administration of the COVID-19 bivalente booster, along with flu and neumonía vaccines. For locations and times visit:

2022 Flu Clinic Outreach Locations – Immunize El Paso

Make a Difference: Your Donation Can Immunize El Paso’s Underserved


At Immunize El Paso, we believe that access to crucial vaccinations should be a right, not a privilege. Every day, we encounter individuals from underserved communities who are vulnerable not just because of where they live or their economic status, but because they lack access to life-saving vaccines.

Why Your Donation Matters

  1. Vaccines Save Lives: It’s a simple fact. Vaccines have eradicated diseases that once decimated populations and continue to prevent thousands of deaths annually. Your contribution ensures someone gets the shot they need to stay protected.
  2. Support Community Health: When one person gets vaccinated, it’s not just them who benefits. Vaccines create a ripple effect. The more people that are vaccinated, the harder it is for a disease to spread, safeguarding the entire community.
  3. Economic Impact: Diseases come with a cost – hospital bills, missed workdays, and sometimes lifelong complications. By supporting vaccinations, you’re aiding the overall economic health of El Paso, saving families and the community from unforeseen expenses.
  4. A Chance for a Healthy Future: For many in our underserved populations, a vaccine is a beacon of hope. It represents the chance for a future free from the threats of preventable diseases, ensuring that children can grow up healthy and adults can live without fear.

How Your Donation is Used

Every cent you donate goes directly to purchasing and administering vaccines to those who most need them. We also invest in outreach programs, ensuring that every corner of El Paso knows the importance of immunization and has the opportunity to benefit.

Join Us in Our Mission

If you’ve ever wondered how you can make a tangible difference in the lives of others, this is your chance. Whether it’s a one-time donation or a monthly contribution, your support will bridge the gap, providing crucial vaccines to those who otherwise might go without.

Together, we can ensure that every member of our community, regardless of their economic or social standing, is protected. Donate today, and be a part of a healthier, stronger El Paso.