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Vulnerable groups urged to get flu vaccine

Published:Friday | January 26, 2018 | 10:12 AM

The Ministry of Health is encouraging persons in vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, children and pregnant women, to get the flu vaccine.

Principal Medical Officer and National Epidemiologist in the ministry, Dr Karen Webster-Kerr, told JIS News that over 20,000 doses of the vaccine were purchased in adult and paediatric formulations in preparation for the flu season.

She says 15,000 doses have been distributed so far.

Director, Health Promotion and Protection Branch in the Ministry, Dr Beverley Wright, notes that take-up of the vaccine has been good, so far.

However, she stresses the need for persons with chronic illnesses, the elderly, pregnant women and healthcare workers to get vaccinated.

She notes that while the vaccine may not prevent persons from contracting the influenza virus, it will protect them against more aggressive strains.

Wright is encouraging persons to practise proper hygiene to prevent themselves and others from getting the flu.

These include washing hands regularly and keeping hands away from the eyes, nose and mouth.