Banglamung Hospital officials are encouraging chronically ill or other high-risk residents to receive vaccinations against three seasonal flu bugs.
Strategic officer Montri Jittiruamgkiet said the hospital has received 7,000 doses of vaccines, which protect against A-H1N1 flu from 2009, and the more-recent A-H3N2 A and B strains. Those already inoculated previously for one or two of the viruses can be revaccinated safely, he said.
Banglamung Hospital is offering free flu vaccinations to those most in need.
Shots are suggested for people working with birds, or those with COPD, AIDS, asthma, heart problems, strokes, chronic kidney diseases, diabetes, thalassemic and deficit immune system, those on chemotherapy, over 65 years old, those weighing over 100 kg., children from 2-6 years old and pregnant women in their second trimester.
The shots are available free with a 13-digit identification card. Those whose conditions are uncontrolled need to consult a doctor to determine if the vaccination is safe.