Seasonal flu vaccine campaign kicks off in Qatar

 26 Sep 2017 - 16:14

Seasonal flu vaccine campaign kicks off in Qatar
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The Peninsula

Doha, Qatar: Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) announced the launch of seasonal flu vaccine campaign in all primary healthcare centers and PHCC headquarters as part of the policy to develop the health of Qatar residents, providing the best prevention against infectious diseases.

In this year's flu campaign PHCC is targeting all health workers in the medical field, according to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), which states all health workers should take the seasonal flu vaccine each fall, in addition to people who have health conditions including asthma. 

The campaign also aims to include people with regular and advanced neurological conditions such as disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles such as cerebral palsy and epilepsy and different disorders, as well as brain strokes, intellectual disability (mental disabilities) and people suffering from severe and moderate growth retardation, muscular dystrophy or spinal cord injury.

PHCC also announced that people with risk of influenza vaccine complications should receive the shot such as children less than five years of age, especially children younger than 2 years and persons aged 65 years and above, pregnant women and patients receiving palliative care.

PHCC also emphasized the need to vaccinate people with chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cystic fibrosis) and people who suffer from heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease), blood disorders (sickle cell disease) and endocrine disorders (such as diabetes), kidney disorders, liver disorders and metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders) and a weakened immune system due to disease or treatment (such as people with HIV, cancer or chronic steroid abusers) and persons under 19 years of age and those who receive long term aspirin therapy, and people who are obese.

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