407 suspected influenza cases for 2020

407 suspected influenza cases for 2020

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 that as of Friday, 06th March, 2020:

–       The cumulative number of vaccines administered to the public for this flu season –  102,291;

–        The number of suspected influenza cases for the 2020 calendar year (as of Friday, 6th March 2020) – 407 cases;

(NB the number of suspected influenza cases for the 2019 calendar year was 3,854)

–       The number of confirmed influenza deaths for the current flu season – 40.

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.

Additionally, the Ministry reports the following information on the Novel Coronavirus, as at 6:00a.m., Monday, 09th March 2020:

–      The accumulated total number of flights screened – 1,646

–      The accumulated total number of passengers and airline crew members screened –

–       The number of confirmed persons found to be febrile – 00