Push to have flu vaccinations

2015-06-25 06:00
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Pregnant women, people with lung conditions such as asthma, people with haematological and metabolic disorder (diabetes), HIV infected people, children below four years, people older than 65 and institutionalised people are urged to

PHOTO: sourced Pregnant women, people with lung conditions such as asthma, people with haematological and metabolic disorder (diabetes), HIV infected people, children below four years, people older than 65 and institutionalised people are urged to

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THE Department of Health urges people with a weak immune system, who have not yet received their flu vaccine, to go for one. This comes after reports of an outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus.

The KZN MEC for Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said two months ago the Department of Health called on people to get their flu vaccine.

“The vaccine in South Africa for this flu season includes cover for the H1N1 strain. H1N1 is not a new disease anymore. It’s been around for a number of years. Most of the population has now developed immunity against it,” he said.

The vaccine is recommended for people at high risk - pregnant women, people with lung conditions such as asthma, people with haematological and metabolic disorder (diabetes), HIV-infected people, children below four years, people older than 65 and institutionalised people, are required the vaccine.

“People who fall under these groups must go for the flu vaccine,” said Dhlomo.

He said people with a strong immune system need not worry about getting infected.

The MEC urged the public to follow basic infection- prevention practice to protect themselves against flu.

“People must wash their hands. They must keep away from crowds if symptoms and signs of flu are developed. Like any other strain that comes and goes, if you get flu, just get painkillers, drink lots of water and rest. Even if those with a normal immune system were to contract H1N1, it will subside. Regular exercise means you won’t be susceptible to disease, as your body will have built up enough resistance,” said the MEC

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