Health officials share measures to prevent influenza infections – including vaccination – during traditional ‘flu season’

As this country and the rest of the Caribbean are going through what
is known as “the flu season,” the Ministry of Health, Wellness, Social
Transformation and the Environment is urging infection prevention
during this time.
Health officials say the influenza virus continues to affect the region,
and so residents are being reminded to exercise methods to prevent
the spread of the virus. 
Reportedly, Influenza A and B viruses are responsible for seasonal
flu epidemics seen each year, usually between October and
February. And according to health officials, recognizing the
symptoms early is crucial for prompt medical attention and
preventing further spread.
The virus can be prevented by the influenza vaccine, local officials
say, and this is available to the public, at no cost, at the main health

Citizens and residents are being encouraged to utilize this service
and other preventive measures. In addition to getting vaccinated,
they are urged to practice good hand hygiene and avoid close
contact with sick persons.

Social and physical distancing; cough and sneeze etiquette; and
sanitization of frequently touched surfaces are also recommended. 
The Ministry of Health explains that the influenza A virus is spread
mainly by droplets when people with the flu speak, cough, or
Less often, however, a person might contract the flu by touching a
surface or an object that has the flu virus on it, and then touching
their own mouth, nose, or eyes. 
Symptoms of Influenza A include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or
stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, and headaches. In some instances,
individuals may have vomiting and diarrhea. 
Health officials say that illnesses can be mild or severe – but can lead
to death, especially in the elderly and children, who are more
susceptible to severe disease and complications such as pneumonia. 
Accordingly, particular attention must be paid to these age groups if
they exhibit flu-like symptoms.