Official: 8K people get flu shot

FLU vaccination coverage in the CNMI has increased as the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.’s Immunization Program took an active role of overseeing  health recovery effort in the aftermath of Typhoon Yutu.

According to Immunization Program manager Jeremy Sasamoto, over 8,000 people on Saipan, Tinian and Rota have been vaccinated.

Sasamoto was in charge of the satellite clinics in San Antonio and Dandan that incorporated the immunization services. Free immunization was also provided during CHCC’s visits at different typhoon shelters in schools last November.

Free immunization remains ongoing as volunteers continue to visit villages, shelters and homes, Sasamoto said.

He encourages people who have not yet been vaccinated to get their flu shots. “The influenza vaccine, better known as the flu shot, can help reduce the risks of flu and its potentially serious complications. While the vaccine varies in how well it works, there are many studies that show that flu vaccination reduces flu illnesses, doctor visits, and missed work and school due to flu. It also prevents flu-related hospitalizations.”

 He also encouraged those who are young and healthy to take the flu shot to avoid the risk of passing the flu virus to those who are most vulnerable — babies who have no influenza vaccine, the elderly, people with diabetes and pregnant women.

For more information about the influenza vaccine, call the CHCC Immunization Clinic at 236- 8745 or visit

Source: Marianas Variety :

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