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Cayman expected to see high number of flu cases; but severity expected to be low

The Public Health Department said on Monday (6 November) that Cayman could see a relatively high number of cases of flu, given our location in the Caribbean and the number of people travelling in and out of the country.

Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez said they usually see 115 or so cases a week, but that number is likely to rise as we get deeper into flu season.

“We do get a lot of cases of flu. We’ve been… I don’t want to say lucky… because it’s actually due to the work we do in prevention, and the vaccine is part of that,” Dr. Williams-Rodriguez said.

He explained: “We haven’t encountered too many cases of severe condition, death caused by flu, but we do get a lot of cases of flu every year, with missing work, it’s inconvenient for the public.”

And a reminder you can get your flu shot free of charge at a number of locations across the Cayman Islands.

About the author

Caroline James

Caroline James

Caroline joined Cayman 27 in September 2018 after seven years working for Sky News in London, both as a Producer on the World News programme and, latterly, as News Editor on the Foreign Desk, where she led coverage on the ground of stories as diverse as the 2016 US Election, corruption allegations surrounding FIFA and The Oscars. Before this, she worked as a Producer for Associated Press Television News (APTN) for two years, based in their London headquarters. Caroline graduated with a BA Hons degree in Arabic, French and German from Durham University, before gaining an MA in Television Journalism with distinction at City University, London. When not hunting down stories in Cayman, she can be found playing tennis, practicing Bikram yoga or enjoying a beer on Seven Mile Beach. You can reach Caroline at or 326-2243.

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