At-risk persons encouraged to get flu vaccine

The Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) is encouraging at-risk persons to get the flu vaccine, which they say is a safe and effective method of protection against influenza infections caused by specific vaccine strains.

According to SRHA, persons at-risk include: health care workers; pregnant women; children with chronic illnesses; non-health frontline workers such as personnel from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Jamaica Defence Force, the Department of Correctional Services and the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency.

The SRHA, in a news release, said that persons who are institutionalised or in state care — including inmates in correctional facilities, residents in infirmaries, golden age homes, homeless shelters, children’s homes and places of safety; pregnant women (all trimesters) and adults 65 and older with chronic illnesses — are also considered at-risk.

The SRHA is advising the public that the vaccine is available daily at the following Type 3 and 4 health centres in the parishes of Manchester, Clarendon and St Elizabeth.