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Health secretary urges people prone to influenza to care at this time

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    Health secretary urges people prone to influenza to care at this time

    Tuesday, December 21, 2010
    8:23 p.m.
    Primera Hora
    Data from the Epidemiology Division of the Department of Health confirmed that children between 0 and 14 years are most affected by the influenza virus during this time of winter, in the Caribbean tropics.

    Therefore, the health secretary, Lorenzo González Feliciano, insisted that parents should protect their offspring against the types of influenza that have been circulating in recent weeks.

    Feliciano Gonzalez recommended a flu shot this season that provides protection against H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B.

    The most recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which includes 48 weeks (until December 4), suggests that the island reported local activity of positive cases of influenza in two or more municipalities.

    "ILI cases have shown a slight increase in the months of October, November and now December, when most active flu season. According to laboratory-confirmed cases, we see that the strains that have prevailed are those of Influenza Influenza A H3N2 and B. Yet by joining forces with pharmacies and chain stores, among others, the participation of Puerto Ricans to be vaccinated this year has been minimal. It is also important that if we stay healthy this holiday season, we return to the basic hygiene and protection but we also vaccinate, which is the best guarantee that we are not infected with influenza virus, "Gonzalez said Feliciano.

    The doctor identified that among the most effective measures to prevent spread of flu include: cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to be effective, clean often surfaces, toys and items that are used every day if they are in contact with someone who has symptoms of influenza-like illness, with an approved disinfectant against bacteria and viruses.

    Feliciano Gonzalez said the flu vaccine is safe and effective and is available for the entire population of six months and older. He pointed to the need of those who care for infants and parents and mothers of children under six months old to protect their infants vaccinated.