Dr. Christopher Tufton
Only about 2,300 people have opted to get the flu vaccine despite warnings from the Health Ministry that six people died from Influenza A (H1N1) last year.
The Health Ministry says two strains of flu are currently circulating in Jamaica, the Influenza A (H3N2) and Influenza A (H1N1).
Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton told the House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon that the ministry has made the flu vaccine available free of cost in the public health system to high-risk members of the population.
However, Dr. Tufton said most of the 25,400 doses of trivalent influenza vaccine have so far gone unused, with only 2,370 doses used.
The Health Minister again urged high risk groups to ensure they are vaccinated against the flu virus.
High risk persons include health workers, children and elderly with chronic illnesses, pregnant women, individuals who are institutionalised or in state care, and non-health frontline workers.
Dr. Tufton has urged private healthcare providers to purchase the influenza vaccine through private distributors to provide for the general population.