What is Influenza?
Influenza can be a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even
death. Anyone can get sick from the Influenza virus.
The Ministry of Health launched its 2022/2023 Influenza Vaccination Drive, with the procurement of 75,000 doses of the Influenza Vaccine.
The Influenza season runs from October 2022 to May 2023 and all persons 6 months of age and above are encouraged to get vaccinated.
Minister of Health, the Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh was administered his Influenza vaccine by Nurse Sherma Alexander-Campbell, General Manager Nursing, North West Regional Health Authority and urged persons in high risk groups, especially, to get vaccinated.
Persons in this high-risk group include
- Children aged 6 months to 5 years
- Adults 60 years of age and over
- Pregnant women
- Persons living with chronic illnesses (e.g. Diabetes, Hypertension, Heart Disease)
- Persons with compromised immune systems (e.g. persons with Lupus, Cancer patients)
- Persons with chronic respiratory illnesses (e.g. Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- Healthcare workers