There have been eight more confirmed influenza deaths since the last update from the Health Ministry a week ago.
This takes the total for this flu season, which runs from October 2019 to May 2020, to 24.
Since the Ministry last release stats on November 25th 2019, the number of suspected cases also increased from 2,738 to 2919.
8,496 vaccines have been given out since that date, taking the total number distributed for this flu season to 24,797.
The Ministry warns that Influenza is serious and is generally more severe than the common cold.
It is urging persons to get the vaccine which is available, at no cost, at all health centres.
The Ministry says persons in the following groups are particularly vulnerable to the virus and are urged to get the flu vaccine:
- Children aged 6 months to 5 years
- Pregnant women
- Adults over 65
- People with chronic medical conditions (such as Diabetes Mellitus)
- People with chronic respiratory illnesses (such as Asthma)
- Persons in the health care workforce and essential services are also encouraged to get the flu vaccine
It says everyone should take the following necessary personal health precautions to protect themselves and their families from the Influenza virus and other diseases:
- Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs
- Where possible, avoid close contact with sick people
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them
- Cover the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. After using a tissue, throw it in the bin and wash hands thoroughly