First free influenza vaccines to be given next Monday

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The first free influenza vaccines will be administered to chronic illness suffers, children under 5 and the elderly over 65, from Monday.

This will be the first week of vaccines administered before the process opens wholesale to everyone, the Health Minister Chris Fearne said.

Addressing a press conference on the flu jabs, the Minister explained that there are 100,000 doses available, costing €4 million.

October is the best month to administer doses in order to build the best protection against influenza’s peak density. Between 5% and 15% of the global population are affected by influenza in the world.

According to the Minister in the period between October 2018 and May 2019, there were almost 10,000 patients with respiratory problems. Of those, 642 were dealing with Influenza A H1Ni; 448 from Influenza H3 and three which had Influenza B.

The vaccinations begin at Mosta, Floriana and Paola health clinics on Monday.

Their opening times are between 2.30PM and 7.30PM.