Flu Vaccine Now Available
Vaccine for the seasonal flu will be available at the Cayman Islands Hospital, district health centres, Faith Hospital and Little Cayman clinic from tomorrow, Tuesday, 19 October 2010.
Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kiran Kumar says this year's flu vaccine will also protect against the 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu.
The flu vaccine will be available at:
- The General Practice Clinic at the Cayman Islands Hospital, Faith Hospital in Cayman Brac and all district health centres, from 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- The Little Cayman Clinic. Residents of Little Cayman should contact the clinic to make arrangements.
The flu vaccine is FREE to all residents. No appointments are necessary, however persons should indicate to the registration officer at the clinic that they need to have the flu shot.
"We recommend that people get vaccinated as soon as possible and definitely before the peak of the flu season which ranges between December and January," Dr. Kumar says.
Dr. Kumar further advises that the vaccine is only effective for one season. All persons, 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine. It is especially important for people at high risk for complications from influenza and those who live with or care for them, be vaccinated early each year. High-risk persons include the following:
- Young children 6 months to four years of age, but especially those under two years.
- Pregnant women
- People 65 years of age and older
- Persons of any age with weakened immune systems and those with chronic medical conditions such as heart, kidney and lung diseases and diabetes.
- People living in nursing homes and other long term care facilities.
"To minimize workplace disruption and ensure that as many persons as possible get vaccinated, I am also pleased to announce that our Public Health Department will continue our program of onsite workplace vaccination initiative for companies with ten or more employees wishing to have the vaccine," says Dr. Kumar.
Companies interested in the program should contact the Public Health Department at 244-2648 to register.