The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has announced the annual seasonal flu awareness drive will begin on 28th September and will last until the end of January 2021.
THe COVID-19 pandemic enhances the relevance of getting vaccinated against seasonal flu to avoid complications.
The campaign focuses on the importance of vaccinating against seasonal flu; it also introduces health workers to the best international practices to prevent the risks of the influenza virus. It also aims to increase immunisation coverage rate.
According to the World Health Organisation’s recommendations, influenza vaccination helps a number of high-risk groups, which includes the elderly, children aged six months to five years, pregnant women, people with chronic diseases, and health care personnel.
Dr Hussein Abdel Rahman Al Rand, Undersecretary of the Ministry’s Health Assistant Sector, Health Centres, and Clinics, said the campaign will take place amid strict preventive and precautionary measures.
Dr Nada Al Marzouqi, Director of MoHAP’s Preventive Medicine Department, said that a press conference will be held to announce the launch of the campaign alongside a promotional campaign on various media platforms to raise awareness about influenza and how to safeguard yourself and your family from it.
Dr Laila Al Jassmi, Head of the Immunisation Section in the Preventive Medicine Department, defined seasonal influenza as an acute viral respiratory infection that is easily transmitted between people of all ages. The infection varies from mild to severe, and it might lead to death in some cases.
She pointed out that vaccines are being updated annually to provide protection from viruses that cause the disease. Dr Laila calls on individuals to visit health centres rolling out the campaign to get vaccinated while adopting preventive measures to curb its spread.