The Ministry of Health has advised that certain categories of persons remain at higher risk for severe illness if they develop Influenza A (H1N1).
These include persons with underlying chronic medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes and those conditions which weaken the immune system.?? In addition, children under five years of age, elderly persons and pregnant women have been identified for inclusion in the high risk group.
Such individuals should seek medical advice if they develop flu-like symptoms like fever with a cough or sore throat.
They are also reminded to follow the basic hygiene practices of washing hands frequently and avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with un-washed hands. They should maintain a well-balanced diet, ensure adequate exercise and rest and avoid contact with persons who have flu-like symptoms.
For further information, individuals, who may be at risk, should visit the Barbados Integrated Government Portal at http://www.gov.bb/ or the Barbados Government Information Service’s website at http://www.gisbarbados.gov.bb/.