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UAE Ministry of Health Urges Community to Get Vaccinated Against Flu

As the UAE enters the winter season, the MoHAP has taken to Platform X to encourage residents to get flu shots.

As the UAE transitions into the winter season, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has taken to Platform X to encourage the community to vaccinate against the flu. 

The ministry has issued a set of “tips to keep yourself and your community safe from influenza.”

Influenza Prevention Tips:

Among the key pointers provided by MoHAP are:

  • Get the flu vaccine: Encouraging individuals to get vaccinated against the flu.
  • Avoid close contact with sick individuals: Promoting social distancing and avoiding contact with those displaying flu-like symptoms.
  • Practice proper respiratory hygiene: Cover the face while sneezing or coughing to prevent the virus from spreading.
  • Maintain good hand hygiene: Encouraging regular handwashing for at least 20 seconds each time.

Rising Cases and Symptoms:

This advisory comes in response to reports from doctors regarding an increase in individuals seeking medical assistance for flu-like symptoms. One doctor reported a 50 percent surge in patients complaining of these symptoms.

Typical complaints from patients include a runny nose, nasal congestion, headaches, cough, nausea, sore throat, fever, body aches, and, occasionally, diarrhea.

Flu Season in the UAE:

The flu season in the UAE typically commences in October, coinciding with the launch of the seasonal vaccine campaign to ensure a safe winter.

Dr. Mahmoud Elgendy, Specialist Internal Medicine at NMC Royal Hospital, DIP, Dubai, noted that although the cold and flu usually peaks in January and February, unpredictable weather conditions mean individuals should be prepared to combat cold and flu year-round.

Understanding Influenza Viruses:

Influenza viruses are classified into four types: A, B, C, and D. Influenza A and B are the primary causes of seasonal influenza infections among humans, usually spreading during winter.

Influenza C can infect humans and cause infections throughout the year, while Influenza D primarily infects livestock and is not transmissible to humans.

Importance of Vaccination:

While the flu vaccine may not offer complete protection, it significantly reduces the severity of the illness if an individual becomes infected. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that everyone aged 6 months and also older receive the annual influenza vaccine.

Vaccination is a critical tool for personal protection and safeguarding those who may be more vulnerable to severe illness.

“One of the most effective ways to prevent influenza is through vaccination. Getting vaccinated lowers your risk of contracting the flu and helps mitigate its spread within the community,” an expert emphasized.

In light of the ongoing global health concerns, vaccination serves as a proactive measure to protect both individuals and the wider community from the potential impact of the flu.

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