Ministry: 22,797 get flu vaccines; 24 deaths for season

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 18:45

The Min­istry of Health says it is cur­rent­ly en­gaged in a ro­bust, na­tion-wide In­fluen­za vac­ci­na­tion dri­ve for the 2020 flu sea­son—Oc­to­ber 2019 to May 2020. This cam­paign has been im­ple­ment­ed to pro­tect the pop­u­la­tion against the In­fluen­za (Flu) virus.

In a state­ment, the min­istry re­port­ed the fol­low­ing as of last Fri­day.


It said:

• The cu­mu­la­tive num­ber of vac­cines ad­min­is­tered to the pub­lic for this flu sea­son—24,797

• The num­ber of sus­pect­ed in­fluen­za cas­es for the year—2919

• The num­ber of con­firmed in­fluen­za deaths for this flu sea­son—24.

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 six months to five years.

• Preg­nant women.

• Adults over 65.

• Peo­ple with chron­ic med­ical con­di­tions (such as Di­a­betes Mel­li­tus).

• Peo­ple with chron­ic res­pi­ra­to­ry ill­ness­es (such as asth­ma).

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

Ad­di­tion­al­ly, every­one should take the fol­low­ing nec­es­sary per­son­al health pre­cau­tions to pro­tect them­selves and their fam­i­lies from the In­fluen­za virus and oth­er dis­eases:

• 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.

• 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.