Free flu vaccine now available

This year’s flu vaccine has arrived and is now available free of charge to all residents in Cayman, the Public Health Department has advised.

“We recommend that people get vaccinated as soon as possible and definitely before the peak of the flu season, which ranges between December and January,” said Director of Primary Health Care Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez.

The vaccinations will be available at the Cayman Islands Hospital, District Health Centres in Grand Cayman, Faith Hospital in Cayman Brac and the Little Cayman Clinic, the Health Department said in a press release.

When and where

  • The General Practice Clinic at the Cayman Islands Hospital, and all District Health Centres, from 2-4 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Oct. 19.
  • Faith Hospital in Cayman Brac, Oct. 26.

“We recommend that people get vaccinated as soon as possible and definitely before the peak of the flu season, which ranges between December and January.”

  • The Little Cayman Clinic: Residents are asked to contact the clinic to make arrangements.

To meet demand in the initial period, the flu shot will also be available at the Cayman Islands Hospital atrium, next to the Pharmacy, from Oct. 17 to Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon on weekdays. Flu shots will also be available at Caribbean Week of Agriculture, Oct. 26 and 27 at the ARC in Camana Bay.

No appointments are necessary for the vaccine. However, people are asked to indicate to the registration officer at the clinic that they seek to have the flu shot.
Dr. Williams-Rodriguez says the vaccine is effective for only one season.

The Public Health Department suggests that people six months of age and older should get the vaccine. “It is especially important for those at high risk for complications from influenza and those who live with or care for them, to be vaccinated early each year,” the release notes.

“To minimize workplace disruption and ensure that as many persons as possible get vaccinated, … the Public Health Department will continue our program of the on-site workplace vaccination initiative for companies with 20 or more employees wishing to have the vaccine,” Dr. Williams-Rodriguez said.

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