New Influenza vaccination for 2019/2020 available

ORANJESTAD - Every year around November and December, it is common for at-risk patients to get their flu shot at the Department of Public Health.

The higher risk group consists of anyone susceptible to flu-related complications like bronchitis and or pneumonia. This includes children under the age of 2, adults 60 years or above, and people in between who have certain chronic medical conditions. The flu shot is also recommended for obese, pregnant or anyone with a low immune system due to cancer or HIV.

Influenza/Flu shotInfluenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system — your nose, throat, and lungs. Common signs and symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever;
  • aching muscles;
  • chills and sweats;
  • Headache;
  • dry, persistent cough;
  • fatigue and weakness;
  • nasal congestion;
  • sore throat or rhinitis.

Flu viruses travel through the air in droplets when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes or talks.

The Department for Public Health is informing the above- mentioned group that the flu shot is available at the section for infectious diseases. The at-risk patients can receive the vaccination by bringing their AZV card in combination with their doctor’s prescription at the section for contagious disease and is completely free.

60+ adults will receive their vaccination for free by showing their AZV card. Any person not in the at-risk group can receive their flu shot paying Afl. 20,-

Vaccination is possible from Monday to Friday from 7:45 – 11:45 and 13:15 – 15:30.

The Department of Public Health is reminding everybody that the best way to control the spread of the influenza infection is to prevent by:

  • getting the flu vaccination;
  • washing hands;
  • Using a handkerchief or towel when coughing or sneezing;
  • frequently wash hands with soap
  • avoiding contact with infected persons.
  • If you are infected, stay home, do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth and maintain healthy habits like sleeping enough, be active, drink plenty of liquid and eat healthily.

For more information please contact the section of Infectious Diseases of the Department of Public Health at 5224200.

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