Honduran health officials have reported that more than 140 people have contracted the flu in 2018, with ten flu-related deaths as of mid-May. Authorities have launched a vaccination campaign against the flu hoping to minimize the impact of the disease. Those in higher-risk groups such as people over the age of 59, healthcare workers, children under the age of 5, the chronically ill, and pregnant women will receive the vaccinations first.
Influenza is a contagious virus that can spread from human to human. Symptoms include high fever, aching muscles, headache, and respiratory issues. Particularly vulnerable individuals include young children, the elderly, pregnant women, the obese, and individuals suffering from chronic diseases. An annual vaccine is available.
Individuals are advised to take preventive measures to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading the disease (e.g. wash hands thoroughly and frequently, avoid contact with sick individuals, etc.) and consult a medical professional regarding vaccination options.