Influenza Takes Lives of Three Minors in Panama
Panama City, Panama – The National Director of Health, Melva Cruz, has confirmed that 10 influenza deaths have occurred in the country, out of which 3 are minors, according to TVN Media.
Minors succumb to flu
The minors who lost their lives were between the ages of 8 to 11 years old, and were reported in the provinces of Colón, Veraguas, and Panamá Oeste (Arraiján).
Latest fatalities include two adults
In addition to the minors, two adult deaths were also reported, one aged 30 and the other 42.
Rising cases and vaccination status
Director Cruz revealed that there has been an increase in cases since week 20, with approximately 400 people diagnosed by sentinel surveillance. Out of the 10 fatalities, 8 individuals were unvaccinated while the other two are still being investigated for their vaccination status. All of the victims were considered at risk due to underlying health conditions such as cardiovascular problems, obesity, and immunosuppression. One of the minors also had a congenital malformation.
Preventative measures advised
Cruz recommended that the vulnerable population, especially those with pre-existing health conditions, should get vaccinated against the flu. He also urged the public to wear masks, frequently wash their hands, avoid large gatherings, and maintain social distancing protocols.
The flu can be especially dangerous for the most vulnerable among us. With increased cases, it is important to take proactive steps to protect ourselves and those around us from this potentially deadly virus. Let us all do our part in preventing the spread of the flu.
With information from Kayra Saldana.