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Tufton: We have more than enough flu medicine | Lead Stories



Minister of Health Dr. Christopher Tufton has said there are enough medicines available to treat influenza A (H1N1) and other influenza viruses on the island.

Speaking with Gleaner last night, Tufton suggests that the heavy strain of the virus currently circulating, which must not be confused with swine flu, has existed since 2009. According to Tufton, the number of suspects and confirmed cases since then have been fluctuating, but the Ministry has seen an increase since the beginning of this flu season.

Tufton said there is no need for panic as there are measures to deal with the case.

"As far as I know, there is more than enough medicine. We have more doses of the vaccine than we have had in previous years, and it came out of the last few seasons when we actually ran out and had to get We will always learn so that I will not come over as if we were under control, when there are other things that can be done when we go together, we will do them and keep an open mind, "he told The Gleaner .

Noting that he had previously informed that the influenza A (H1

N1) virus was affected by the country, he warned that messages about specific strains could cause people to miss important information on the fight against influenza.

"If you get into very complicated conversations about the different types you risk confusing the message. What we see now is not a new load. It has been here since 2009. We created the alarm, announced the alarm, entered the symptoms, recommended people most vulnerable to getting vaccines, if necessary, and of course [asked] those affected by the symptoms of seeking medical attention. There have been daily reminders of television.

"You will never be complacent when you have these problems so that all necessary precautions must be taken first with public education that we have done a lot and continue to do; Second, to prepare the medical and public health facilities to respond, which is what the announced extended opening hours at certain facilities were about earlier this year; and third, to see to what extent the situation is getting better or worse or otherwise. "

The minister gave props to public health officials across the country, which he said responded well to the challenge." "In all fairness to public health officials across the country, they have responded to the challenge that has arisen in this flu season."

jason.cross@gleanerjm.com


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