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Vaccine still available as flu season reaches its peak

The months of December and January are generally regarded as the peak of flu season.

Public Health told Cayman 27 it’s been an active one thus far.

If you’ve been having that sniffling, sneezing, aching, coughing, stuffy-head, fever sort of feeling… you’re not alone.

Public Health said its weekly average of flu-like or acute respiratory cases is in the range of 95 to 115.

November was on the low end of normal with 369 total cases, averaging 92 per week, while December saw an increase to 578 total cases for an average of 116 per week.

Public Health told Cayman 27 there are at least three types of influenza A circulating in Cayman, those are H1N1, H1N1 2009, H3N2, and there’s also influenza B also known as Victoria.

Public Health said this year’s flu presentation is generally mild and sometimes accompanied by gastroenteritis.

Public Health said small amount of flu vaccine is still on hand, and available Monday through Friday at local clinics and at the George Town Hospital Monday thru Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

And one more flu season flurry of helpful tippage: Wash your hands often with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, and if you do get sick, stay home until you are free of fever, or seek medical attention if symptoms are severe.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to josephavary@hurleysmedia.ky

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