The Health Centre is located at 67 Victoria Street and the vaccine costs $10 and is free for seniors (65 and older). *AFP photo
The Health Centre is located at 67 Victoria Street and the vaccine costs $10 and is free for seniors (65 and older). *AFP photo

FIRDAY, JANUARY 11: People will be able to get flu shots at the Hamilton Health Centre on Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

The Health Centre is located at 67 Victoria Street and the vaccine costs $10 and is free for seniors (65 and older).

The usual weekday morning time slot of 8:30am to 11:30pm for clinic sessions will continue next week but with the addition of a Wednesday afternoon time of operation, which will be from 1pm to 3:30pm.  This session will operate only if supplies last.

All individuals over age six months are recommended to have influenza vaccination.  Particularly at risk for severe complications from the flu are the very young (under age five years), the elderly, pregnant women and those with other medical conditions such as chronic lung disease, including asthma, diabetes, heart, kidney disease or immune system deficiencies. 

Health care workers and those who care for individuals in the highest risk group are also a priority to have the vaccine while our supplies last.

In the past week, approximately 200 influenza vaccines have been administered at the Hamilton Clinic. 

From January 1 to January 7the Department of Health has noted that Influenza B seems to be in circulation on the island.

The chief nursing officer at the Department of Health, Gaynell Hayward said in a pres release: “The influenza vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine that protects against influenza.  Influenza illness can be serious for very young children, seniors and persons with chronic health problems which is why it is important to prevent its occurrence. 

“With the increased uptake of the vaccine each year Bermuda has seen a decline in the incidence of influenza in the community.” 

The chance of contacting flu and other upper respiratory infections can also be reduced by frequent and thorough hand washing, ‘covering’ coughs and sneezes and avoiding crowded places. Protect your household members if you are ill by remaining isolated to one room, and protect your work colleagues by staying at home when ill.