As Jamaica continues to grapple with an outbreak of dengue fever, Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, has put the country on alert for another outbreak.
Dr. Tufton says the country is bordering on an outbreak of influenza. He told the House of Representatives that there’s been a significant increase in recent weeks of the flu.
The Health Minister says the system has seen increases in a particular strain of influenza which is affecting the sector’s capacity to respond.
Dr. Tufton is urging Jamaicans to take the influenza threat seriously.
Dr. Tufton is also urging people with higher risks, including young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems to take additional precautions.
He says flu shots will be available through the public health system free of cost and through the private sector at a minimal cost.
The Health Minister also outlined additional actions being taken and will be taken in response to the alert.
Dr. Christopher Tufton is also urging the country to take note of increased waiting times due to the expected greater use of the public health system.