Jamaica doesn't have a culture of taking flu vaccines – De La Haye
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Winston De La Haye says Jamaica needs to develop a culture of taking flu vaccines if the country is to reduce the effects of influenza viruses yearly.
He says Jamaicans are not sold on the idea of taking flu vaccines although the Caribbean region is highly susceptible to viruses.
De La Haye says this is not the case in countries like the United States and Canada where persons routinely take flu vaccines during the flu season.
Several vaccines such as those for Polio, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella are mandatory for children.
However, De La Haye says it is difficult for the health ministry to make flu vaccines mandatory.
Despite this, he says young children and those with chronic illnesses should consider taking flu vaccines routinely.
Jamaica this week recorded its fourth swine flu related death, however, the health ministry says the virus is not an epidemic in Jamaica.
However, the country remains on high alert for the Swine flu virus.