Health Department: Rise In Flu Cases On Island

January 25, 2018

The Department of Health’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit said they have “seen a rise in numbers of flu cases recorded on the island,” adding that “by protecting yourself against influenza, you are also protecting your family, your household, your workplace and ultimately your community.”

“Thorough hand washing is recommended for all to reduce the chance of infection. Also, it is not too late to get your flu shot at the Hamilton Health Centre on Victoria Street or through some private physicians. The flu shot can lessen the effects of the flu,” a spokesperson said.

“The seasonal influenza [flu] vaccine costs $10.00 per shot [for both adults and children aged 3 and up]. The vaccine for children aged six months to thirty-five months requires a note from the child’s physician. Those over the age of 65 years will receive the seasonal flu vaccine free of charge.

Department of Health Bermuda Jan 2018

“Flu vaccine can keep you from getting flu, make flu less severe if you do get it, and keep you from spreading flu to your family and other people, especially newborns and young infants, children, seniors, and persons at risk of complications from the flu. It can help reduce time taken off from work or school due to influenza

“Individuals under a physician’s care for chronic medical conditions and those seeking a flu shot for children under the age of three years are asked to obtain a prescription for flu immunization from their private physician. For more information on influenza visit here under Disease Fact Sheets. For more information, call 278-6460.”

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  1. legalgal says:

    A shame we don’t import the flu inhaler for children. It is proving quite effective in the UK with the dominant strain they have there. Or do any of the local Dr’s stock it?

  2. Seascape says:

    It is no surprise that it is spreading. People need to stay home as much as possible. Additionally, if they cough or sneeze, they need to do so into their arm/elbow. Finally, they should not travel on an airplane if they have the flu. Just spreading it further.