THE Department of Health has issued a warning urging people ‘at risk’ to get vaccinated against flu.
Those considered in the ‘at risk’ category are those aged over 65, pregnant women and anyone with chronic diseases or immunological problems.
The health warning comes as flu activity is reported as high in many parts of North America and very high in several US states.
An alert has been issued by the Pan-American Health Organisation to healthcare providers warning of possible increases to their workload.
In addition to this, weather predictions indicate a cold snap potentially lasting until mid-February, which can often lead to increased flu outbreaks.
Dr Parameswaran Kishore has issued the following advice for anyone who may contract symptoms:
Keep away from others, especially those in the ‘at risk’ category.
Cover you nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of tissues immediately.
Wash your hands regularly.
If seeking medical advice contact your doctor/MEDS by phone.