The City of Cape Town announced that its Health Department will once again make flu vaccines available to the elderly and other vulnerable citizens who may be at risk of developing severe disease.
According to the City, the rollout will start as soon as a consignment of flu vaccines arrives in the time ahead of the winter season. The City said clinics offer the flu shot to all residents older than 65, and those with chronic illnesses.
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Patricia van der Ross further indicated that the department conducts annual vaccinations targeting residents who are at increased risk for severe influenza or complications.
“The flu vaccine, like all other vaccines, will not prevent illness but lowers your chance of getting it, and will ease the symptoms and speed up recovery in the event that you do contract it,” Van der Ross said.
She said flu vaccines are an additional health measure offered by City clinics free of charge as citizens can receive their flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine on the same day as there is no waiting period between the administration of the two.
“I want to encourage residents who qualify to visit their local clinic as soon as the vaccines are available and take every opportunity to protect themselves and their families. Parents should also ensure their children’s vaccines are up to date and adhere to the schedules. Vaccination is one of the most important things we can do to protect ourselves, and our children, against ill-health,” Van der Ross added.
Meanwhile, only children aged six months to 18 years on long-term aspirin therapy are prioritised for the flu vaccines, while, children between the ages of 12 and 17 are also eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.