People encouraged to get flu shots free of charge


Samut Prakan – Public Health official Phornnarong Simuang is encouraging people deemed as being among seven ‘at-risk’ groups to get flu vaccination free of charge until August 31 at all government hospitals.

The Ministry of Public Health has prepared flu shots for seven groups including women who are four-months pregnant or more; six-months to two-year-olds; those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, asthma, kidney failure or who have had strokes, have cancer during chemotherapy treatment and diabetes; over-65s; those with cerebral palsy, thalassemia, immunodeficiency or HIV; and obesity.

As the vaccine would only help prevent flu by 60-70 percent, people are still required to take care of their health and avoid exposure to flu patients.

For more information, call 1422 or visit all local government hospitals.