Public Health Nurse Nelsie Jones prepares a Cayman Brac resident for the seasonal flu vaccine
By Simone Tatum
The Cayman Islands Health Authority is now offering free influenza vaccination to the residents of Cayman Brac.
On Tuesday, 17 November, Nurses Nelsie Jones and Mavelyn Martin toured the island to encourage the public to get vaccinated and offered flu shots on the spot at several locations. The vaccination is offered for free as long as supplies last.
“In general, anyone who wants to reduce his or her chances of getting influenza can get vaccinated. October or November is the best time to get vaccinated, before the peak of the Flu season which ranges between December and January,” Public Health Nurse Nelsie Jones explained.
The nurse explained that the Flu vaccine takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the influenza virus infection.
She added that the vaccination offers protection for approximately one year.
“This is a seasonal flu vaccination, it doesn’t protect against the so-called Swine Flu, or H1N1 virus. However, we expect to receive the H1N1 vaccine at the Faith Hospital soon, and we will inform the public”Ms Jones further noted.
Cayman Brac residents are also invited to get their seasonal flu vaccination from Monday to Friday between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm at the Faith Hospital.