Monday 9 December, 2019

MoH tells public: Get vaccinated as 24 flu deaths were high-risk

The Ministry of Health (MoH) is once again sounding the call for members of the public, especially those who are high risk, to get the flu shot.

This after the Ministry noted that 24 people have died so far this year.

The MoH issued a statement noting that officials conducted an epidemiological examination of the Influenza deaths. It says the majority of persons who have died from Influenza this season were either:

- 65 or older;

- 5 years old or less;

- Diabetic;

- Hypertensive;

- Obese;

- Smoked Tobacco Products

The release said this is in keeping with the Ministry’s list of persons who are particularly vulnerable to the flu.

The Ministry, therefore, urges the persons in the following high-risk groups to get vaccinated against the flu:

- 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 healthcare workforce and essential services are also encouraged to get the flu vaccine.

“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.”

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

 

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