Flu shots now available

The Public Health Department has announced that Flu shots are now available, free of cost to all residents, between 2pm and 4pm weekdays, from the Cayman Islands Hospital, district health centers and from Faith Hospital.

Little Cayman residents should contact the little Cayman clinic to make arrangements for flu shots, the department advises.

October and November are the best months to get vaccinated said Public Health Director Dr. Kiran Kumar. He noted that influenza activity generally begins in January, and that the flu season can last as late as May.

Because the vaccine is effective for one season only, persons at high risk of having flu-related complications, or those who reside with or care for high-risk persons, should get vaccinated each year.

Mr. Kumar said anyone that wants to reduce their risk of getting the flu can be vaccinated.

The most common side effects from the vaccine can include soreness and redness at the site of the injection; fever and fatigue; painful joints; and headaches. Panadol or similar medications help to relieve the symptoms.

For more information, please contact the Public Health Department at 244-2648; the General Practice Unit at 244-2800; Faith Hospital at 948-2243; Little Cayman Clinic at 948-0114; the East End District Health Centre at 947-7440; the North Side District Health Centre at 947-9525; or the West Bay District Health Centre at 949-3439.

Should I be vaccinated each year?

Persons who are at high risk for complications from the flu should be vaccinated each year, including:

  • Children aged 6 months to 5 years
  • Pregnant women who are have been prescribed medication by their obstetricians;
  • Persons 50 years of age and older;
  • Those of any age, with certain chronic medical conditions;
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities;
  • Persons who live with, or care for, those persons who are at high risk for complications from flu;
  • Health care workers;
  • Anyone who wants to decrease their risk of influenza.

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