REAL NEWS: 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
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 centres.
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 sneeze.
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.
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