Tuesday 16 July, 2019

Flu vaccination continues at health centres

The Health Ministry is again urging citizens to ensure they get vaccinated as health centres across Trinidad and Tobago continue the flu vaccination drive. 

Following a surge in demand for the vaccine at a number of health facilities last week, the Ministry redistributed stocks where possible, redistributing the supply of doses of the flu vaccine from areas of low demand to areas of high demand.

The Ministry says this has helped to address the waiting times caused by the increase in demand.

The Ministry continues to urge those who fall into key at-risk groups to get vaccinated. Persons in the at-risk-groups are:

Children aged 6 months to 5 years

Pregnant women

Adults over 65

Persons with chronic medical conditions (such as Diabetes Mellitus)

Persons with chronic respiratory illnesses (such as Asthma)

The Ministry has advised persons to call the health centres in their area for flu vaccination schedules and other related information.

The Ministry says it will continue to monitor the supply and distribution of influenza vaccines closely.

All arrangements have been put in place for the procurement of 30,000 additional doses of the vaccine, in the first instance, through the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO).

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