Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Johnson. Photo credit: GIS

The Ministry of Health will be introducing the flu vaccine to safeguard citizens against the resurgence of the H1N1 or Swine Flu after the Trinidad-based Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) has warned of the possibility of an outbreak of the deadly disease.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Johnson told a press conference yesterday that the vaccines will arrive on the island this month.

“The government is always looking at means of addressing disease and ensuring that the general public is protected and one of the things we have done is to introduce the flu vaccine into Dominica very shortly,” he said,

He said those who are most at risk will be given the vaccines.

Swine flu virus is common throughout pig populations worldwide. Transmission of the virus from pigs to humans is not common and does not always lead to human influenza, often resulting only in the production of antibodies in the blood.

Symptoms of swine flu in humans are similar to those of influenza and of influenza-like illness in general, namely chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness and general discomfort.