Monday 24 February, 2020

One more flu related death recorded

The death toll as a result of the influenza virus has risen to 39.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) issued its weekly flu update on Monday which is accurate up to January 17, 2020.

It said that the number of suspected cases for 2020 is 29 while the figure stands at 3,755 for 2019.

As the MoH continues its vaccination drive, 67,867 vaccines have been administered.

Members of the public are advised that the influenza virus is serious and generally more severe than the common cold. The vaccine is available at no cost at all health centres. 

People 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).

Health care professionals and people in essential services are also encouraged to get the flu vaccine.

Tips to prevent contracting the virus: 

- Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub;

- Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way;

- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs;

- Where possible, avoid close contact with sick people;

- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them;

- Cover the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. After using a tissue, throw it in the bin and wash hands thoroughly.

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