Government imports vaccine to combat swine flu

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.

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  1. lance
    May 17, 2011

    I really hope that Dominicans will act in a civil manner at all times and try to give good comment and not kill people spirit. Those of you who ray raying online can’t even do better. Stop acting like swines and sho the world that you all are democratic and civilised in your thinking and thankfull for the efforts by the ministry of health.

  2. Concerned
    May 17, 2011

    Agreed, Shanelle. See below….

    In June of 2009, “…U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius signed a decree granting vaccine makers total legal immunity from any lawsuits which result from any new ‘Swine Flu’ (H1N1) vaccine. Moreover, the $7,000,000,000 US government fast-track program to rush vaccines onto the market in time for the autumn flu season is being done without even normal safety testing.”

    “Smith-Kline – French, the pharmaceutical company (which) became Smith-Kline-Beecham and (was) involved in UK manufacture at the time (1980s), (was) concerned about these safety issues and…requested that the UK government indemnify them against possible legal action that might be taken as a result of ‘losses’ associated with the vaccine….”

    Instead of making the vaccine safer, the maker simply had the UK government absolve them of all liability, which is what we have over here in the US and has now been granted to H1N1-vaccine makers.

    “The first dose of swine flu vaccine will be given to the (US) public before full data on its safety and effectiveness become available. The untested ‘pandemic’ vaccines will be spread over two doses in a higher quantity, and one brand reportedly will contain a chemical additive, an adjuvant, to make it ‘go further,’ dramatically potentially increasing the risk of side-effects.”

    CBS’ “60 Minutes” aired only once the program found at [1], which speaks to the 1976 Swine Flu Pandemic and Vaccine. The program transcript and further information are available at [2].

    Additionally, “[a]ccording to CNN, the Pentagon is ‘to establish regional teams of military personnel to assist civilian authorities in the event of a significant outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall….’ Further, ‘orders to deploy actual forces would be reviewed later, depending upon how much of a health threat the flu poses this fall’.” See [3].

    You may also find the article titled “H1N1 swine flu hoax falls apart at the seams” at to be instructive.

    Finally, is the government forcing any Dominicans to take the vaccine? Who, if anyone, will have the option to opt out? Who stands to gain with forced vaccinations? It would be sad, at the least, to find government pushing on Dominicans forced vaccinations.

  3. a nice guy
    May 17, 2011


    not even doctors and nurses in the US want to take it themselves.. with its bad side effects.

    swine flu is a hoax to give drug companies more money… hence why they were begging people to come take it.. millions went to waste because people refused to take this bullshit

    do not take it..

  4. Fedup
    May 17, 2011

    David you need to do your work and stop walking around town with your arms well spread out like you own the city.

    Health care in Dominica is a mess, that you should be ashame of. Let’s start at the PMH, where are the doctors, medication and facility. You people are placed in positions to facilitate politicians and not the people.

    You talking about swine flu vaccines, what’s up with the rest of the meds that is so desperately needed at P.M.H. You all are doing a disservice to this country, I’ve lost all types of respect for people like you.

    I am so fed up and scared with this mess that is going on in the health system.

  5. Kimm Jamm
    May 17, 2011

    They need a vaccine for the Lepto instead. That is what they should work on getting.

  6. Anonymous
    May 17, 2011

    What about d Leptospirosis…

  7. Just Wondering
    May 17, 2011

    What about the clear and very present danger of Leptospirosis? Shouldn’t that be a major pre-occupation of ours. Just recently there was an epidemic, then it was dealt with and yet we continue see the tragic loss of life from this deadly disease. Was this approach scientific?

    Shouldn’t the Ministry of Health re-visit its approach to dealing with this killer?

    Maybe privatizing the Vector Control Programme of the Environmental Health Unit is a major mistake. A private company looks at the bottom line and may from time to time cut corners!

    Thank you.

  8. RAS B
    May 17, 2011

    I thought about two weeks ago Dr.Johnson was beating up his chest and saying that D/ca was fully ready to combat swine flu should our population be so afflicted! It is scandalous that it is only now we are trying to acquire prophylactic vaccines. Dr Johnson as a public health practitioner don’t you subscribe to the principle that prevention should be the first step in resisting the ill effects of a disease? Why mislead people into telling them you are prepared while you are ill prepared?

    How do you plan to combat the leptospirosis that has apparently been claiming Dominican lives?

  9. Shanelle
    May 17, 2011

    Please do not fall for this! The swine flu was and is a hoax in the U.S.
    please do your research, because this vaccine like other vaccines have deadly side effects.

    • RAS B
      May 17, 2011

      Rubbish!!!!! Kindly provide your evidence.

    • only
      May 17, 2011

      Right on! Stay away from vaccines if you want to have a chance at staying healthy. Neither you nor the medical personnel have any idea what the pharmaceutical companies are putting in them. The swine flu virus, as well as many others, was concocted in a laboratory.

    • Anonymous
      May 17, 2011

      Could you kindly indicate whether you are a medical pratitioner and how you came up with this. You could probably refer us to the “research” you speak about.

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