Saturday 24 October, 2020

MOH getting ready for flu season, 200K swine flu vaccines expected

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The Ministry of Health has ordered 200,000 swine flu vaccines, half of the order is already in Trinidad and Tobago. 

The order is part of the Ministry’s preparation for the upcoming flu season which starts in October and ends in May. 

Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh announced that officials are getting ready for a vaccination drive which is set to begin soon. 

“The flu vaccination drive starts next week Tuesday, the 29 of September, utilising the first 100,000 which came in on Wednesday,” he said. 

Reminding the public that all flu vaccines should be taken annually, Deyalsingh plead with citizens, particularly those in vulnerable situations, to get themselves vaccinated. 

“We strongly recommend and urge the at-risk groups, which are similar to that of COVID-19, the elderly, those with diabetes (sugar), those with hypertension (pressure), our pregnant population. We are focusing, not exclusively, because we are not going to turn away anyone, but we are urging those at-risk groups to make full use of the free vaccinations provided by the government,” he said. 

Flu vaccines can be access at most private practitioner offices at a cost, but the state also provides them at no cost at all antenatal clinics, all chronic care clinics and at two Health Centres in each county. Tobago will roll out their own vaccination initiative in the coming days. 

The Ministry of Health has previously implored the necessity of the flu vaccine, even within the COVID-19 pandemic as it could help to ward the virus' symptoms off.

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