Friday 15 November, 2019

2020 flu vaccine to arrive in T&T on November 4

Doses of the 2020 influenza vaccine will be in Trinidad and Tobago on November 4.

The Ministry of Health said the vaccine has been sourced through the Pan American Health Organisation and they have received official word from PAHO about the date of arrival.

In a release advising the public on ways to protect themselves from the flu, the Ministry said the seasonal influenza vaccine is also another form of defence against the flu. 

Members of the public are advised to take the following personal health precautions:

Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

Where possible, avoid close contact with sick people.

While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the bin and wash your hands. 

The Ministry said people in the following groups are particularly vulnerable to the flu and the relevant complications:  Children aged six months to five years, pregnant women, adults over 65, people with chronic medical conditions (such as Diabetes Mellitus), and people with chronic respiratory illnesses (such as Asthma)

The Ministry said it is also recommended that persons in the health care workforce and essential services should take necessary the precautions. 

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