Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton is again calling on Jamaicans to get vaccinated against influenza (flu).
Speaking at a media briefing at the ministry’s offices in New Kingston last week, the minister said persons should practise good hygiene, including the washing of hands with soap and water, and covering the mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing to curtail the spread of the viral infection.
“Of note is that these good hygiene practices are also important for the prevention of the spread of the novel coronavirus,” he added.
Dr Tufton noted that Jamaica is well into the 2019/2020 flu season, and that anyone in any age group can be infected.
“Children, persons with chronic illnesses, pregnant women and the elderly are at high risk for complications from the flu. These include pneumonia and blood infections,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie said the majority of flu cases are “mild”, and in a number of cases, do not last beyond a week.