Public advised to get vaccinated against seasonal influenza

January 27, 2013 - 4:27:06 am

Dr Mohammed Al Hajri, Manager of HP & CDC, Supreme Council of Health, and Dr Hamad Al Romaihi, Head of Surveillance & Outbreak, HP & CDC during a symposium on travel medicine yesterday. (Kammutty VP)

DOHA: Healthcare experts have recommended that people should get vaccinated against influenza at the primary health centres and vaccination centre to avoid contracting the seasonal flu. 

The three kinds of influenza viruses commonly circulating among humans today are the influenza B, influenza A (H1N1), and influenza A (H3N2) virus.

“It’s advisable for people to get the vaccination,” said Dr Abdul Latif Al Khal, Director of Medical Education Department and senior consultant, infectious diseases, in the Medicine Department of Hamad Medical Corporation, yesterday, on the sidelines of a symposium on travel medicine. 

He suggested that children below the age of five, diabetics, people with chronic heart disease, pregnant women and people aged above 50 years were at high risk of getting affected by seasonal flu and urged all such people to get vaccinated. 

The Supreme Council of Health (SCH) has made available seasonal flu vaccines in all primary health centres in the country since the beginning of the season. 

“People can get their vaccination done at any primary health centre, vaccination centre or at the Hamad General Hospital’s outpatient department,” Dr Al Khal said. 

The National Symposium for Travel Medicine was held at the SCH auditorium to educate healthcare providers and improve the standards of travel medicine. 

Approximately 900 million people fall sick worldwide after travelling out of their country. Qatar, too, has considerable numbers of people falling sick after travelling to other countries. 

The symposium aimed at educating healthcare professional in dealing with travellers and educating them about the risks of getting a disease. 

The importance of travel medicine, malaria prevention and treatment, traveller’s diarrhoea, imported communicable diseases, and Haj and Umra preparations were discussed at the symposium.