Health Ministry confirms 37 influenza deaths

Monday, December 30, 2019 - 15:15

In a press release today the Ministry of Health confirmed 37 influenza deaths for the flu season.

The ministry also said that it continues its nationwide influenza vaccination drive and urges members of the public especially those most vulnerable to get the flu vaccine

The following is a press release from the ministry of health:

 The Ministry of Health 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. The Ministry reports the following as of Friday, 27th December 2019:

- The cumulative number of vaccines administered to the public for this flu season - 48,411;

- The number of suspected influenza cases for the year – 3,434;

- The number of confirmed influenza deaths for this flu season – 37.

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 6 months to 5 years;  Pregnant women;  Adults over 65;  People with chronic medical conditions (such as Diabetes Mellitus);  People with chronic respiratory illnesses (such as Asthma). Persons in the health care workforce and essential services are also encouraged to get the flu vaccine. Members of the public are advised to contact their nearest health centre to confirm the dates and times that vaccines are distributed.