Flu shots in UAE health centers from 28th September

▴ Flu shots in UAE health centers from 28th September
Dr Laila Al Jassmi, the head of the Immunisation Section at the Preventive Medicine Department at the Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap) mentioned this

People can get their flu shots at primary health centers from September 28 as the annual seasonal flu awareness drive is rolled out, said Dr. Laila Al Jassmi, the head of the Immunisation Section at the Preventive Medicine Department at the Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap).

The drive assumes more importance this year as it comes amid the Covid-19 pandemic. This enhances the relevance of getting vaccinated against seasonal flu to curb its complications, the ministry said.

The campaign, which will last until the end of January 2021, also aims to introduce health workers to the best international practices to prevent the risks of the influenza virus, as well as to avail sufficient amounts of vaccines in health centers and increase immunization coverage rate.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations, influenza vaccination targets a number of high-risk groups, including elderly people, children aged 6 months-5 years, pregnant women, people with underlying chronic diseases, and health care personnel.

Reduces complications

Dr. Al Jassmi said: "Seasonal influenza is an acute viral respiratory infection that is easily transmitted between the people of all ages. The infection varies from mild to severe and it might lead to death in some cases."

"Over the course of 60 years, health systems worldwide have been using influenza vaccine with high success rates in reducing complications and hospitalization, thanks to its safety and effectiveness."

She pointed out that vaccine is being updated annually to provide the protection from viruses that cause the disease.

Dr. Hussein Abdel Rahman Al Rand, the undersecretary of the Ministry's Health Assistant Sector, Health Centres, and Clinics, said: "Mohap is keen to organize this annual campaign as part of its commitment to developing health system, strengthening surveillance mechanisms for infectious diseases, providing influenza vaccination for all target groups, developing health personnel skills, and taking the preventive measures to reduce the prevalence of this disease to decrease its health and financial burdens."

Dr. Al Rand underlined that the campaign activities will take place amid strict preventive and precautionary measures, highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination to alleviate the burden on the health sector and give it more time to further focus on fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Mohap fully realizes the importance of health security and the containment of health risks as a national priority, through the concerted efforts and sustainable cooperation between health authorities. This comes in line with Mohap's strategy to provide comprehensive and integrated health services in innovative and sustainable ways to prevent diseases in society," he added.

Dr. Nada Al Marzouqi, director of Mohap's Preventive Medicine Department, said: "The campaign will also feature special activities for health personnel, including lectures and training courses on the new methods of preventing influenza risks."

"The coincidence of seasonal influenza with Covid-19 poses a major challenge to health personnel and it also entails a further commitment to implementing preventive measures in society to prevent both viruses," she noted.

Tags : #Flu #Flushots #UAE #Mohap

Related Stories

Loading Please wait...

Trending Now

China ropes in more countries for its COVID-19 vaccine trialsSeptember 29, 2020
Antarctica is still free of Covid-19. Can it stay that way?September 29, 2020
Over 200 travellers from India barred from Dubai flight over invalid Covid-19 testsSeptember 29, 2020
Netherland focuses on more stricker rule to comabt COVID-19 September 29, 2020
WHO aims to provide 120 Million rapid Coronavirus tests for poorer statesSeptember 29, 2020
UN chief on 1 Million COVID-19 deathsSeptember 29, 2020
Bahrain reports 585 Covid-19 cases, 777 recoveriesSeptember 28, 2020
Bringing hepatitis C testing and treatment to underserved communities in MadridSeptember 28, 2020
Polish doctor recovers from severe COVID-19 through rehabilitationSeptember 28, 2020
WHO supports rehabilitation of COVID-19 and other patients in UkraineSeptember 28, 2020
WHO work with migrant camps in Greece September 28, 2020
US employers being sued for COVID-19 infection spread September 28, 2020
Global Coronavirus deaths cross 1 Million markSeptember 28, 2020
Highly effective antibodies identified, may lead to passive COVID-19 vaccineSeptember 26, 2020
Europe has a lot of work to do to prevent COVID-19 transmission :WHOSeptember 26, 2020
Two million Coronavirus deaths : WHO September 26, 2020
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine produces strong results September 26, 2020
New York to permanently switch to outdoor dining amid pandemicSeptember 26, 2020
WHO gave blessing for Coronavirus vaccine emergency use programme: ChinaSeptember 26, 2020
US surpasses 7 Million Coronavirus casesSeptember 26, 2020