Saturday 22 February, 2020

Health Ministry confirms 24 influenza deaths to date

24 people have died of the influenza virus for the 2020 Flu Season (October 2019 to May 2020) to date.

In a statement issued Monday, the Ministry of Health said as of November 29, 2019, a total of 24, 797 flu vaccines have been issued so far, while there have been 2919 suspected influenza cases for the year. 

The number of confirmed influenza deaths for the season is now at 24, an increase on last week's tally of 16 deaths. 

The Ministry said it is currently engaged in a nation-wide Influenza Vaccination Drive for the season. 

The Ministry is urging vulnerable groups to take the flu vaccine, which is available at local health clinics. 

People in vulnerable groups include children from six months to five years, pregnant women, adults over 65, people with chronic medical conditions and people with respiratory conditions. 

Persons in the health care workforce and essential services are also encouraged to get the flu vaccine.

Members of the public are advised to contact their nearest health centre to confirm the dates and times that vaccines are distributed.

The Ministry said people should follow health precautions including washing hands with soap and water and avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouths. 

Surfaces should be kept clean and if sick, limit exposure to uninfected persons. 

For more information on the influenza vaccine contact the Health Ministry on 627-0010.

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