No flu outbreak in Trinidad and Tobago

Port-of-Spain, November 7th, 2019: The Ministry of Health is currently engaged in a robust Influenza Vaccination Drive for the 2020 Flu Season (October 2019 to July 2020). This campaign has been rolled out in an effort to reduce the exposure and spread of the Influenza Virus. As a result of the aggressive campaigns previously instituted by the Ministry, Trinidad and Tobago has seen a steady decline in reports of suspected influenza cases over the period 2016-2019. In 2016 the total number of suspected cases was 6,535 and the figure as of 31st October 2019, is 2,077. As such, contrary to reports carried in the local media, there is currently no Flu Outbreak in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Ministry of Health has commenced the distribution of 100,000 doses of the Influenza Vaccines to all hospitals and health centres throughout Trinidad and Tobago, this process should be completed by Friday 8th November, 2019. The public is advised to contact their nearest health centre to confirm the days and times that the flu vaccine will be distributed.

The public is reminded that the Influenza virus is generally more severe than the common cold. As such, the necessary personal health precautions should be taken to protect oneself and family from the Influenza virus and other diseases. This is the first line of defence against illness. 

INFLUENZA UPDATE

Cumulative number of reported suspected influenza cases, and

number of reported deaths, T&T, 2013-2019.

 

Year

 

Number of reported suspected influenza cases

 

Number of Reported Deaths

 
 
 

2013

 

6,861

Data

unavailable

 

2014

 

7,118*

Data

unavailable

 

2015

6,535*

Data

unavailable

 

2016

5,940*

 

0

 

2017

4,614*

 

0

 

2018

4,465*

 

7

 

Jan 2019 – to date

2,077*

 

4 + 3 *

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Figures are currently being validated by the Statistics Unit in the Epidemiology Division and are subjected to change.

* Four (4) deaths between January to September 2019 (2019 Flu Season) and three (3) deaths from October 2019 (2020 Flu Season).

Source: Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Trinidad Public Health laboratory(TPHL), Epidemiology Division.

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