Saturday, October 5, 2013

T&T gets Swine flu vaccines, more on the way

The health ministry in Trinidad and Tobago confirmed on Friday that it has received 60,000 vaccines for the H1N1 (swine flu) virus. And an official at the Port-of-Spain office of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) told local media the ministry has ordered more of the vaccines.

The vaccines will not be given to everyone. The priority is for frontline health care workers and persons classified as high risk.

Manager of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation at Ministry of Health, Gwendolyn Snaggs said told the Newday newspaper distribution of the vaccines started Friday.

"By next week all of the health centres should have the vaccine available but the vaccine is not going to be made available to every member of the public. There are guidelines that the Ministry of Health has issued," she stated.

Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan said on Thursday "only high-risk persons should be vaccinated." He added that anyone showing symptoms and signs of Swine Flu would also get the vaccine.

High risk persons include anyone over 65 years, chilren under five years, the obese, pregnant, asthmatic, those receiving chemotherapy, persons with chronic lung diseases or is a transplant patient, and smokers with emphysema.

Khan stated that there have been two suspected cases of deaths related to Swine Flu in the country and six confirmed cases.

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Our family at home in Toronto 2008

Our family at home in Toronto 2008
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