Due to an increase in flu cases on the U.S. mainland, the USVI Department of Health (DOH) encourages residents to wash their hands regularly, disinfect surfaces, sneeze and cough into sleeves, stay hydrated and get rest. If anyone does experience flu-like symptoms, speak to a physician about getting an antiviral medication such as Tamiflu. It should be taken within two days of flu symptoms.
However, to prevent the flu, the DOH recommends getting a flu shot. A flu vaccine can protect a person and loved ones. Everyone who is 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season.
Getting a flu vaccine is particularly important for people who are at higher risk of developing flu-related complications, such as pregnant women, young children, older adults and people with certain chronic diseases (i.e. asthma). It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine for protection during the present flu season. “Get the Flu
Shot — Not the Flu!”
The DOH offers flu shots regularly on all three islands:
St. Croix: Monday through Friday at Sunny Isle Medical Center Suite No. 8A, between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. (closed 1 – 2 p.m.)
St. Thomas: Wednesdays and Thursdays at Schneider Regional Medical Center (SRMC) between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
*Wednesday, January 24: Smith Bay Ball Field from 9:30 a.m. and noon, and UVI field between 1 – 3:30 p.m.
*Thursday, January 25: Mobile van will be at the WICO dock (Gate 2) in conjunction with the Maternal Child Health’s (MCH) Baby Shower; 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
*There will be an evening clinic from 5 – 9 p.m. at Community Health Clinic (SRMC)
St. John: first Thursday of every month at The Morris DeCastro Clinic, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
*January 26 on St. John: Medical Services will be provided in Coral Bay at the same location FEMA was housed.