The Ministry of Health has placed the island of influenza anxiety against an increase in the number of patients with symptoms, including fever and respiratory complications.
Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton says flu should be taken seriously as it can lead to pneumonia and blood infections and cause diarrhea and seizures in children.
"Flu can also worsen chronic diseases such as heart or lung disease," Tufton told parliament today.
Influenza, commonly called flu, is an acute viral infection that spreads easily from person to person, mainly by coughing, sneezing and close contact.
Who is at risk?
Viruses are circulating globally and can affect anyone in any age group with symptoms varying in age.
People at highest risk of dangerous influenza complications are babies and young children, adults over 60, pregnant women and those with chronic illness or weakened immune system.
What are the symptoms?
Fever / chills
Runny or stuffy nose
How the government reacts
A total of 21,900 doses of influenza vaccine were purchased by the Ministry of Health through the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Revolving Vaccine Fund and distributed to health departments at the end of October 2018.
Vaccination of the target groups started in November 2018.
The vaccine is available free of charge in the public health system of the following high priority groups:
* Health workers
* Children and adults with chronic illnesses;
* Pregnant women;
* Persons who are institutionalized or government-minded; and
* Workers on the front line.
Private healthcare providers are encouraged to provide a flu vaccine through private distributors to provide the general population.
Ministry of Health:
• Strengthen public education campaign to strengthen good hand hygiene and to highlight the breathing label
* Enable Enhanced Infection Control Program in Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities to Prevent, Control and Investigate Communicable Diseases
* Increase drug stocks in hospitals and health care facilities to meet the increase in the number of hospitalized persons
* Continue and extend extended working hours in health centers to ensure access for risk groups to adults and children under 5 years of age
* Continue implementation of major hospital management plans.