Seasonal flu vaccines are now available for free at public hospitals and health clinics throughout the Cayman Islands.

The vaccines can be obtained at the Cayman Islands Hospital, district health centers in Grand Cayman, Faith Hospital on Cayman Brac and the Little Cayman Clinic, advised Director of Primary Health Care Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez, Wednesday.

The flu vaccine is free to all residents. No appointments are necessary; however, people should indicate to the registration officer at the clinics that they need to have the flu shot.

“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,” Dr. Williams-Rodriguez said.

He advised that the vaccine is only effective for one season. All individuals aged 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine, he said, adding that it is especially important for people at high risk for complications from influenza and those who live with or care for them to be vaccinated early each year.

High-risk people include: children aged 6 months to 4 years, but especially those under two years; pregnant women; people aged 50 years and older; anyone with weakened immune systems and those with chronic medical conditions, such as heart, kidney and lung diseases or diabetes, and obese individuals; and people living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

“To minimize workplace disruption and ensure that as many persons as possible get vaccinated, I am also pleased to announce that our Public Health Department will continue our program of the onsite workplace vaccination initiative for companies with twenty or more employees wishing to have the vaccine,” Dr. Williams-Rodriguez said.

He encouraged employers to arrange to have their staff scheduled to receive the flu vaccine. Companies interested in the program can contact the Public Health Department at 244-2621, 244-2889 or email [email protected] to register.

The vaccines are available at the following locations and times:

  • The General Practice Clinic at the Cayman Islands Hospital, and all district health centers, from 2-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Faith Hospital in Cayman Brac from 2-4 p.m.
  • Cayman Islands Hospital atrium, from 10 a.m. to noon, during Nov. 2-16.
  • Little Cayman Clinic: Residents of Little Cayman should contact the clinic to make arrangements.