MOH leans to flu vaccines to battle flu in the Country

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Due to the increasing number of influenza or flu-like illnesses, the Ministry of Health has purchased flu vaccines, in an effort to eliminate flu in the Country. 

Director General of Health, Aiono Dr Alec Ekeroma told Radio Polynesia that they have ordered flu vaccines to battle the flu in Samoa. 

A statement released by the Health Ministry earlier this week outlined that since April 5, hundreds of influenza or flu-like illnesses were detected in the Country, mainly at the hospital in Moto’otua. 

Also, the MOH says there is also an ongoing increased circulation of flu-like illnesses in some of the Pacific Island Countries such as Fiji Tonga and French Polynesia and that influenza B a type of influenza has been confirmed it’s a resurgence in Fiji and French Polynesia. 

Currently, the Samoa Public Health surveillance is monitoring the current status of this influenza and that of the cases presented to the main hospitals.

Influenza is an acute respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses and it is contagious. It may occur in tropical regions throughout the year and can cause outbreaks more irregularly. Influenza can cause illnesses which become severe and sometimes lead to hospitalization and death.

There are 4 types of Influenza flu the most common is type A & B that are in Samoa which have to be taken seriously and monitored closely due to their potential nature to be severe.

The Ministry says that ever since returning to normalcy, many people are not vigilant in basic preventative measures of preventing flu-like symptoms of diseases such as COVID-19.

Symptoms for Influenza (Flu) is the same as COVID-19 which include fever, headache, muscle ache, and also upper respiratory symptoms such as sneezing and coughing.

People who are most at risk of severe illness or death from the influenza B (flu) are young children, older adults, pregnant women, people with serious underlying conditions such as lung or heart disease and health workers.