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There are currently 2,738 suspected influenza cases and 16 confirmed influenza deaths for this flu season.

The Ministry of Health confirmed these figures in its “Weekly Flu Update” yesterday.

The ministry said it is currently engaged in a robust, nationwide influenza vaccination drive for the 2020 flu season.

The flu season in Trinidad and Tobago starts in October and runs until May of the following year.

The cumulative number of vaccines administered to the public as of last Friday was 16,301.

Earlier this month, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said a total of 100,000 flu vaccines had arrived in the country and will be distributed at health centres.

The Ministry stressed 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. Members of the public are advised to contact their nearest health centre to confirm the dates and times that vaccines are distributed,” the Ministry added.

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); and people with chronic respiratory illnesses (such as asthma).

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Persons in the health care workforce and essential services are also encouraged to get the flu vaccine.

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 (hand sanitiser); 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; and 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.

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