Flu vaccine rush continues

Even as members of the public continue to complain about vaccination shortages, chief executive officer of the South West Regional Health Authority Keith Mc Donald assured that additional supplies of vaccines are being sent to health centres on a daily basis.

Nurses at various health centres said normally 20 vaccines are given but since last week they have gone up to administering over 150 vaccinations on a daily basis.

Denying that vaccines had run out, Mc Donald said because of the sudden public demand for seasonal influenza vaccines, supplies were finishing earlier. 

Health Ministry: There are sufficient flu vaccines

The Ministry of Health is seeking to give the assurance that it is closely monitoring the supply and distribution of influenza vaccines to meet the increased demand at the nation’s public health institutions.

The ministry says that to date, approximately one-third of the vaccines acquired have been administered (24,000 administered out of 75,000 vaccines).

"While the Ministry is encouraged by the significant public response to the flu vaccination drive, we remind members of the public there is a sufficient quantity of the flu vaccines," the statement said.

Teen given seizure pills for flu-like symptoms

The moth­er of a teenage girl is call­ing on the To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly (THA) for jus­tice af­ter her daugh­ter was al­leged­ly pre­scribed seizure pills for flu-like symp­toms at the Canaan Health Cen­ter last Fri­day.

Allysa Price, 19, of Black Rock was al­leged­ly pre­scribed Clon­azepam.

A quick search of the in­ter­net re­vealed that Clon­azepam is a tran­quil­liz­er, giv­en to treat and pre­vent seizures, pan­ic dis­or­der, and for the move­ment dis­or­der known as akathisia.

The girl’s sto­ry was post­ed on Face­book by her sis­ter on Mon­day evening.

Swine flu vaccines run low

In­fluen­za vac­ci­na­tions have run low in some health cen­tres as pub­lic de­mand grows with the threat of the dead­ly H1N1 virus.

At the Pleas­antville Health Cen­tre, scores of peo­ple were turned away as sup­plies ran low. On­ly 162 peo­ple re­ceived vac­ci­na­tions at the Pe­nal Health Cen­tre while vac­ci­na­tions at Mara­bel­la and Roy Joseph in San Fer­nan­do al­so ran out.

Increased demand for flu vaccine

Of­fi­cials of the Susamachar Pres­by­ter­ian Church have arranged for flu vac­ci­na­tions to giv­en to their con­gre­ga­tion mem­bers to­day. Dis­trict Med­ical Of­fi­cer Dr Clement Rago­b­ar con­firmed that vac­ci­na­tions would be done from 4 pm at the church at Carib Street, San Fer­nan­do.

Dr Rago­b­ar said they were hop­ing to do as many as 60 vac­cines. He en­cour­aged oth­er faith-based or­gan­i­sa­tions to fol­low Susamachar’s lead and arrange for their mem­bers to get vac­ci­nat­ed.

Swine flu crisis in South Trinidad—Health Minister

Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh says there is a cri­sis in the out­break of H1N1 or swine flu in Trinidad es­pe­cial­ly in the south­ern part of the coun­try where there have been three re­port­ed deaths.

Deyals­ingh made this dis­clo­sure to the me­dia af­ter the of­fi­cial open­ing of the San­gre Grande En­hanced Health Cen­tre at Ojoe Road, San­gre Grande yes­ter­day.

The Min­is­ter of Health con­firmed that three deaths have been record­ed as a re­sult of H1N1 and not­ed there are many more lab-con­firmed cas­es.