Ministry: Robust vaccination drive for 2020 flu season

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 17:45

The Min­istry of Health says it is cur­rent­ly en­gaged in a ro­bust, na­tion­wide in­fluen­za vac­ci­na­tion dri­ve for the 2020 flu sea­son—Oc­to­ber 2019 to May 2020.

The min­istry said this cam­paign had been im­ple­ment­ed to pro­tect the pop­u­la­tion against the in­fluen­za (Flu) Virus.


In a state­ment yes­ter­day, the Min­istry said as of Jan­u­ary 10 this year

•The cu­mu­la­tive num­ber of vac­cines ad­min­is­tered to the pub­lic for this flu sea­son - 60,256;

•The num­ber of sus­pect­ed in­fluen­za cas­es for the 2020 cal­en­dar year (as of Fri­day, 10th Jan­u­ary 2020)—17 cas­es;

•(NB the num­ber of sus­pect­ed in­fluen­za cas­es for the 2019 cal­en­dar year was 3,638)


•The num­ber of con­firmed in­fluen­za deaths for the cur­rent flu sea­son—38.

The min­istry said 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 six months to five 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.

Ad­di­tion­al­ly, every­one should take the fol­low­ing nec­es­sary per­son­al health pre­cau­tions to pro­tect them­selves and their fam­i­lies from the In­fluen­za virus and oth­er dis­eases:

• Wash hands of­ten with soap and wa­ter. If soap and wa­ter are not avail­able, use an al­co­hol-based hand rub;

• Avoid touch­ing the eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way;


• Clean and dis­in­fect sur­faces and ob­jects that may be con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed with germs;

• Where pos­si­ble, avoid close con­tact with sick peo­ple;

• While sick, lim­it con­tact with oth­ers as much as pos­si­ble to keep from in­fect­ing them;

• Cov­er the nose and mouth with a tis­sue when cough­ing or sneez­ing. Af­ter us­ing a tis­sue, throw it in the bin and wash hands thor­ough­ly.