Protect Yourself and Your Family! Get the New 2018 Flu Vaccine.
The Ministry of Health, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) advise members of the public to get the New 2018 Flu (Influenza) Vaccine, which is available at all Health Centres, at no cost.
To ensure that members of the public are protected, especially for the upcoming Carnival season when many visitors arrive from countries with active flu transmission, the Ministry of Health is continuing its 2018 Flu Season Vaccination Drive.
The vaccine used by the Ministry of Health for the current flu season complies with World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations, and has been formulated to take account of flu viruses circulating in the region. The vaccine is inactivated, which means that it does not contain the live influenza virus and therefore cannot cause the flu.
The flu vaccine provides:
Protection against the flu virus and serious complications like pneumonia
Reduction in the severity of flu symptoms, if they do occur
Protection against the flu for pregnant women during and after pregnancy
Reduction in the risk of flu-like illness in babies after birth, when mothers receive the vaccine during pregnancy
Reduction in the risk of deaths in children from the flu
Reduction in absenteeism from work and school
People in the following groups are particularly susceptible to the flu and the associated complications and are therefore encouraged to get the New 2018 Flu Vaccine:
Children aged 6 months to 5 years
Adults over 65
People with chronic medical conditions (such as Diabetes Mellitus)
Persons with chronic respiratory illnesses (such as Asthma)
Persons in the health care workforce and essential services as are also recommended to get vaccinated as they are more likely to be exposed to persons ill with influenza
Influenza is a serious illness that is generally more severe than the common cold and can be fatal. It is therefore crucial that members of the public get vaccinated. After
vaccination, individuals should still take preventative measures which reduce the spread of viruses.
The Ministry of Health, in partnership with entities such as PAHO/WHO and CARPHA, continues to work towards providing quality health care as we strive to achieve a Healthy Me… a Healthy You… a Healthy Trinidad and Tobago.