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Contact: Claudia Monlouis


Friday, October 30, 2009 –  Health Centres, temporarily designated flu clinics in order to exclusively assist the Health Sector in attending to patients with flu-like symptoms, have resumed normal operations.


Deputy Epidemiologist and Focal Point for Pandemic Influenza within the Ministry of Health Dr. Gemma Cherry, says the National H1N1 Plan will be activated once again, should Saint Lucia experience an acute second wave of H1N1 influenza.


Experts have issued the alert that another wave of H1N1 may hit over the next six months.


“We have a national influenza plan which is to activate flu clinics if the need arises and in the  second wave when we begin to see a rise in the number of individuals presenting with flu-like symptoms, we would basically have to reopen the flu clinics because it is part of our influenza plan,” Dr. Cherry said.


Dr. Cherry says there is the probability that flu symptoms could become prevalent during the winter season.


Officially, the flu season starts in November.

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