Limpopo steps up H1N1 immunization

Monday, April 4, 2011

Pretoria - In an attempt to prevent and minimize H1N1 influenza infections this winter, the Limpopo Department of Health and Social Development will be rolling out a week-long intensified immunization campaign at all provincial health facilities.

MEC Dikeledi Magadzi pointed out that although the roll-out of the immunization will target all people in the province, the focus will be on pregnant mothers and children as they are more vulnerable and urged the group to visit health facilities for immunization. 

"All our facilities are provided with H1N1 vaccines and we trust that mothers and children will be immunized to prevent the spread of influenza," Magadzi said.

Magadzi also urged members of the community to take precautionary measures to protect themselves against influenza by covering their mouth and nose when sneezing, wash hands regularly and seek immediate medical care when exposed to the infection.

The symptoms of flu include fever, cough, headache, muscle and joint pains, sore throat and runny nose, as well as vomiting and diarrhea. - BuaNews

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