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The three government hospitals in Phuket are urging people in “at risk” groups to present themselves to receive free influenza (flu) vaccinations.
A notice issued by Vachira Hospital explained that the free flu jabs help people to resist Influenza Types A (H1N1) and (H3N2), which are known variants of the so-called “swine flu”, and Type B strains of influenza virus.
The vaccinations are available free only to specific groups, the notice added.
“Especially, women in their fourth month of pregnancy, children from six months to two years of age, people who suffer chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), such as asthma, and people in other risk groups such as those with diabetes and heart disease,” the notice read.
“Only these people can receive the vaccine at government hospitals for free. Others can pay for their own vaccinations at a private hospital. We are providing the vaccinations for specific groups only,” it added.
An official at the Phuket office of the Department of Disease Control, who asked not to be named, explained, “The rainy season is from May to July every year, so we want to defend against outbreaks of the flu from spreading across Phuket.”