The Ministry of Health is reminding members of the public to take personal health precautions to protect themselves and their families from the Influenza virus and other diseases. It says this is the first line of defence against sickness.
However, the Ministry says that there is no H1N1 outbreak. Speaking with News Power Now, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Roshan Parasram, said that there is no epidemic.
Dr. Parasram said that signs and symptoms between the flu and influenza may be hard to distinguish as like with the common cold.
Dr. Roshan Parasram also said that the vaccine is not meant to protect the immune system from the common cold.
Members of the public are advised to take the following personal health precautions:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water.
• If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
• Where possible, avoid close contact with sick people.
People in the following groups are particularly vulnerable to the flu and the relevant complications:
Children aged 6 months to 5 years, pregnant women, adults over 65, people with chronic medical conditions (such as Diabetes Mellitus) and people with chronic respiratory illnesses (such as Asthma).