Health Minister gets flu shot, urges high-risk persons to join him
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has urged members of the public to get vaccinated against the Influenza virus as the 2021 flu season begins.
On Thursday, the Minister rolled up his sleeve and looked on as Dr Adesh Sirjusingh, Director of Women’s Health, carefully sanitised his hands and administered the vaccine.
“We really need the population to take the flu shot. If too many persons need hospital care because of the flu, this can overwhelm the health system and the health care workers who are already dealing with COVID-19,” the Minister said.
He also noted that “while there is no vaccine for COVID-19, there is one for the flu.”
Although the flu vaccine is free and available for everyone at health centres, Minister Deyalsingh cautioned persons in high risk groups, like himself, to get their shot early.
These individuals include:
- Children aged 6 months to 5 years;
- Adults 60 years of age and over;
- Pregnant women;
- Persons suffering from Non Communicable Diseases (eg Diabetes, Hypertension, Heart Disease);
- Persons with compromised immune systems (eg persons with Lupus, cancer patients);
- Persons with chronic respiratory illnesses (eg Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease);
- Members of the National Security Forces and Customs and Immigration Division; and
- Healthcare workers