Ministry confirms 40 flu deaths for the year

Ministry confirms 40 flu deaths for the year

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 40 persons have died as a result of the influenza virus.

The Ministry reports the following, as of Friday, 20th March, 2020:
– The cumulative number of vaccines administered to the public for this flu
season – 105,785;
– The number of suspected influenza cases for the 2020 calendar year (as of Friday,
20th March 2020) – 509 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.

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