Health Ministry: Eight more influenza deaths confirmed

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    Influenza deaths have increased to 32 for this flu season which began in October 2019.

    As of Friday 6th December, the death toll moved up from the 24 confirmed as of November 29th.

    There are now 3,232 suspected cases of the virus.

    So far, 33,101 vaccines have been given out for influenza which is generally more severe than the common cold.

    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.

    Health precautions like washing of hands, avoiding contacting with sick person and covering the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing are also strongly advised.