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Increase in flu cases seen in NMI; CHCC urges public to get vaccinated

(CHCC) — The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. would like to make the public aware that there has been an increase in influenza or flu cases in the CNMI over the last few weeks, particularly among young children and people who have not received flu vaccinations.

Young children and older adults are more likely to get the flu because their immune system is not as healthy. Complications from the flu can include pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, and the worsening of chronic conditions such as asthma. In severe cases, the flu may even require hospitalization.

The CHCC Immunization Program is currently offering flu vaccinations free of charge at the Immunization Clinic. Remember, it is better to prevent a disease now than treat one later! Vaccines are a proven safe and effective method to protect you and your family.

You can contact the Immunization Program at the following numbers:

  • • Saipan: 236-8745
  • • Tinian: 433-9263
  • • Rota: 532-9461

After vaccination, the next best method is to wash your hands! Consistent and correct handwashing is easy, quick, and a really effective precaution.

How should you wash your hands? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following steps:

1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Handwashing is just part of how you can prevent catching the flu or spreading it to your friends and coworkers. Stop the spread! W.A.T.C.H. it!

  • • W - Wash your hands
  • • A - Avoid sick people
  • • T - Teach others to prevent the flu
  • • C - Cover your cough or sneeze
  • • H - Have an emergency plan in case you get sick

The Immunization Program is working to make vaccines more accessible to anyone who needs one. In addition to providing free flu vaccines at the clinic, the Immunization Program is starting to do outreach at elementary schools and daycare centers to protect the most vulnerable members of the community. Public outreach events on Saipan are also being scheduled:

  • • April 27, (10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) Community Mobile Literacy Fair at Joeten Kiyu Public Library
  • • April 30, (5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.) Women’s Health Month kickoff event — free Zumba class at Garpan Central Park
  • • May 3, (5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.) Marianas March Against Cancer at Airport Field

Follow the Immunization Program on Facebook at “CHCC Immunization Program” and on Instagram at @cnmi.immunization.program for advice and updates on upcoming events. You can also reach them at the hotlines listed above.

For more information about its programs, follow CHCC on Facebook and Twitter at @cnmichcc, check out its website at, or call 234-8950.