MoH: 55 more influenza cases suspected, no new deaths recorded
The Ministry of Health has issued its weekly flu update which notes that there have been no more deaths from the influenza virus. However, it advises that there have been 55 new suspected cases as of December 13, 2019.
For the year to date, 32 people have died from contracting the influenza flu. The number of suspected cases for the year is 3287 compared to last week's 3232. Meanwhile, the cumulative number of vaccines administered to the public for this flu season is 40,162.
The MoH is reminding that the influenza virus is serious and is generally more severe than the common cold.
The flu vaccine is available at no cost, at all health centres.
Persons in the following groups are particularly vulnerable to the virus and are urged to get the flu vaccine:
- Children aged 6 months to 5 years;
- Pregnant women;
- Adults over 65;
- People with chronic medical conditions (such as Diabetes Mellitus);
- People with chronic respiratory illnesses (such as Asthma);
- Persons in the health care workforce and essential services are also encouraged to get the flu vaccine.
The Ministry is currently engaged in a robust, nation-wide Influenza Vaccination Drive for the 2020 Flu Season which runs from October 2019 to May 2020. This campaign seeks to protect the population against the Influenza Virus.