The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced that the seasonal influenza vaccine is available at hospitals and primary health care centers.
The ministry added that the vaccine will be continuously provided until next March. This comes as part of MoHAP’s efforts to protect individuals from communicable diseases, raise rates of vaccine coverage and to reduce the medical, social and economic burden of seasonal influenza.
H.E. Dr. Hussein Abdel Rahman Al-Rand, Undersecretary of the Ministry’s Health Assistant Sector, Health Centers and Clinics, said: “MoHAP is committed to providing influenza vaccine on annual basis in view of its importance in curbing the prevalence of infection in society. Accordingly, MoHAP recommends getting the seasonal influenza vaccine for individuals and health workers.”
This is part of MoHAP’s strategy aiming to protect society from infectious diseases and to control disease transmission.
Al-Rand urged all the targeted groups to visit the nearest health centre or hospital and get the vaccine, including those who are experiencing inherited and acquired immunodeficiencies, such as people living with HIV, or those taking immunosuppressive drugs.
Who Should Get a Flu Vaccine?
Dr. Nada Al Marzouqi, Director of MoHAP’s Preventive Medicine Department, said: “Seasonal influenza is a viral infection that spreads easily between humans, ranging from mild to severe. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with some chronic diseases are the most vulnerable to complications.”
Al Marzouqi stressed the importance of getting the influenza vaccine as the best method of prevention from the age of 6 months.
She highlighted the importance of getting a seasonal influenza vaccine once a year. For children under 9 years of age, they need another dose. The interval between the two doses should be 4 weeks or more.
It is recommended not to get the vaccination for all people with severe allergic reactions to eggs, and those suffering from an acute disease accompanied by fever or an excessive sensitivity before getting the seasonal flu vaccine unless medical advice is obtained.