Recent area wildfires may impact air quality. If smoke is thick or becomes thick in your neighborhood you may want to remain indoors.  This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young, and the elderly. Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present. 

Flu season is upon us – now is the time to get a flu shot to protect yourself against the seasonal virus. The CDC recommends everyone six months of age and older should get a shot every year, ideally before the end of October. Flu vaccine is available at El Paso County Public Health’s Immunization Clinic.

When returning to your home or neighborhood after a wildfire, take steps to protect your heath. Click the link below to read more about how a wildfire can affect your food, water, and air.

Click here to learn about Zika virus symptoms, transmission, and prevention.

PFCs are a family of human-made chemicals that do not occur naturally in the environment. These compounds are found in firefighting foams, coating additives and surface protection products for carpets and clothing, and other common commercial products. In Colorado, only the Security/Widefield/Fountain area detected PFCs.

If your home has been impacted by floodwaters, take these steps to safely clean up and prevent mold.

El Paso County septic system records are now available online 24/7. Visit

Effective January 1, 2017, the Citizens Service Center, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd., and Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave., will be tobacco free environments for all employees and visitors. For those interested in quitting tobacco use, the Colorado QuitLine is accessible via phone at 1-800-784-8669 or online at


About El Paso County Public Health

About El Paso County Public Health

Our mission is to promote and protect public health and environmental quality in the community through people, prevention and partnerships. El Paso County Public Health is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and serves the estimated 622,263 residents of El Paso County and visitors. El Paso County includes the cities and towns of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Calhan, Fountain, Green Mountain Falls, Monument, Palmer Lake and Ramah. The median age of El Paso County residents, according to the 2010 Census Bureau, was 34. Seventy-two percent of residents are white, 15 percent are Hispanic, 5.8 percent are black, and 7.3 percent are other race and ethnicities.