Tuesday, April 05, 2022

CoCT encourages residents to get flu vaccine

The City of Cape Town’s Health Department says it will once again make flu vaccines available to the elderly and other vulnerable residents who may be at risk of developing severe disease.

In a statement, the municipality says as soon as its clinics have stock of influenza vaccinations, it will be offered to all residents older than 65, those with cardiovascular disease (including chronic heart disease, hypertension, stroke and diabetes), chronic lung disease (including asthma; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and Tuberculosis), and individuals living with HIV/AIDS and pregnant women

Mayco member for Community Services and Health, Patricia van der Ross says only children aged six months to 18 years on long-term aspirin therapy are prioritised for the flu vaccines.

‘’The City’s Health Department is awaiting a consignment of flu vaccines, in time for the annual increase of this disease over the winter season. The department conducts annual vaccinations targeting residents who are at increased risk for severe influenza or complications. The flu vaccine, like all other vaccines, will not prevent illness but lowers your chance of getting it, and will ease the symptoms and speed up recovery in the event that you do contract it,’ said

Van Der Ross says the flu can cause severe complications in persons with pre-existing conditions. The World Health Organisation estimates that annual flu epidemics result in as many as five million cases of severe illness around the world, and anywhere between 300 000 and 650 000 deaths.

‘’We continue to encourage personal hygiene, especially hand washing and coughing etiquette. Flu vaccines are an additional health measure offered by City clinics free of charge. In addition, you can receive your flu shot and Covid-19 vaccine on the same day as there is no waiting period between the administration of the two,’’ said Councillor van der Ross.

‘’I want to encourage residents who qualify to visit their local clinic as soon as the vaccines are available and take every opportunity to protect themselves and their families. Parents should also ensure their children’s vaccines are up to date and adhere to the schedules. Vaccination is one of the most important things we can do to protect ourselves, and our children, against ill health,’’ she added.


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