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H1N1 cases continue to soar

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2009 | 6:05 PM

The health ministry is reporting that the number of Influenza A, H1N1, cases has now moved to 133.

The figure includes patients who have recovered.

However five people who contracted the virus have died.

The health ministry is advising people who are at high risk for complications from the Influenza A to immediately visit their healthcare provider if they experience flu-like symptoms.

The vulnerable people include pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, asthma, heart disease or any condition that impairs the immune system.

Children under five years old and people over 65 years are also considered to be among the high-risk group.

Countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) should begin receiving the first shipment of H1N1 vaccines next month.

The CARICOM Secretariat said the vaccine would provide immunization for the most vulnerable groups.

The vaccines will arrive in time for the expected spike in the number of H1N1 cases in December and January.

The vaccine will be delivered at no cost to some member states.

However, countries, which did not benefit from the Global Fund, will have to buy additional doses at a minimum cost of US$7.00.