Friday 15 November, 2019

No flu outbreak, Health Ministry assures

Contrary to recent media reports, there is no outbreak of the H1N1 virus. 

The assurance came from the Health Ministry, which is currently engaged in a robust Influenza Vaccination Drive for the 2020 Flu Season, which runs from October 2019 to July 2020.

While figures are still being validated by the Statistics Unit in the Epidemiology Division of the Trinidad Public Health laboratory, there were four deaths between January to September 2019 (2019 Flu Season) and three deaths from October 2019 to date (2020 Flu Season).

The Ministry said it has seen a steady decline in reports of suspected influenza cases over the period 2016-2019.

In 2016 the total number of suspected cases was 6,535 and the figure as of October 31, 2019, is 2,077. 

Distribution of some 100,000 doses of the vaccines to all hospitals and health centres began earlier this month. Vaccines are expected to be available from today.

Patients are advised to contact their nearest health centre to confirm the days and times that the flu vaccine will be distributed.

The Ministry's latest campaign is expected to reduce the exposure and spread of the Influenza Virus, which is generally more severe than the common cold.

The public is reminded to take all necessary personal health precautions to protect themselves and their families from the Influenza virus and other diseases by getting vaccinated.

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