Parents urged to get children vaccinated against flu

Parents urged to get children vaccinated against flu

By QLNews

In a bid to protect the health of the population, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) jointly with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) launched its annual flu vaccination campaign in mid-October.

Until, November 24, 2020, more than 130,000 people across the country had already been vaccinated against the seasonal flu.

In a video, shared by MoPH on its official Twitter page, Dr. Sadriya Alkohji, National Lead for Healthy Children and Adolescents Strategy at PHCC has reminded parents of the importance of getting children vaccinated against the flu.

“Changing seasons as well as children interacting with each other at school, in particular during the COVID-19 pandemic, may lead to the spread of seasonal flu during the upcoming months,” the official said.

She encouraged parents to set an appointment for their children at any of the PHCC health centers to take the free flu shot.

“Children aged below five, especially those who are under two years, are most vulnerable to experience more severe complications due to the flu. Vaccinate your children against the flu infection, its serious symptoms and prevent its spread to others," the official underlined.

Dr Alkhoji said that studies indicate that "flu vaccinations lead to reducing the risk of flu infections, visits to a physician and absenteeism from work" in addition to "reducing children’s admission to the hospital due to coronavirus infections."

The free of cost vaccine is available at all PHCC health centers, HMC (for patients attending clinic appointments) and at over 50 private clinics, hospitals and semi-governmental health care facilities.

This year's anti-flu drive seeks to vaccinate at least 500,000 individuals across the country. The campaign will run until February 2021.

Manager, Health Protection and Communicable Diseases at MOPH, Dr Hamad Al Romaihi called the high demand for the flu vaccine this year, "very encouraging," but urged all those who have yet to receive the shot "to do so as soon as possible, as the vaccine can take around two weeks for the antibodies to develop and provide protection."

The list of private healthcare facilities participating in the anti-flu drive is available here.

For more information regarding the campaign, click here.

---

Make sure to check out our social media to keep track of the latest content.

Instagram - @qatarliving

Twitter - @qatarliving

Facebook - Qatar Living

YouTube qatarlivingofficial

COVID-19 Banner
Log in or register to post comments

More from Qatar Living

WATCH: Barshim bags Qatar's second gold as world champion soars high in Tokyo

WATCH: Barshim bags Qatar's second gold as world champion soars high in Tokyo

Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim further confirmed his ratings today as one of the greatest high jumpers in history after scaling 2.37m in his first attempt to clinch the Olympic gold medal, alongside Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi, inside the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.
FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021 tickets go on sale

FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021 tickets go on sale

Fans wishing to witness the action up close will be able to sign up for tickets as of Tuesday, August 3, 2021.
Ashghal announces temporary closure of Corniche street from August 6-10

Ashghal announces temporary closure of Corniche street from August 6-10

The Public Works Authority 'Ashghal' announces a temporary traffic closure on both directions of Corniche Street beginning from 12:00 am on Friday, August 6 until 5:00 am on Tuesday, August 10, 2021.
Everything you need to know about Seagrass Tales, Dugong Trails exhibition at NMoQ

Everything you need to know about Seagrass Tales, Dugong Trails exhibition at NMoQ

Seagrass Tales, Dugong Trails, a special exhibition on the dugong (baqarat albahr) is currently underway at The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ).
WATCH: QL Jobs: Career Talks with Life and Executive Coach, Faten El Ayache

WATCH: QL Jobs: Career Talks with Life and Executive Coach, Faten El Ayache

Qatar-based Life and Executive Coach, Faten El Ayache, shines a light on the importance of self-affirmation in a candidate’s career.
WATCH: QL Adventures heads to Qatar’s favorite indoor theme park, Gondolania

WATCH: QL Adventures heads to Qatar’s favorite indoor theme park, Gondolania

As Qatar entered phase two of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, QL Adventures hit the road once again, accelerating to the country’s favorite indoor theme park, Gondolania.
WATCH: QL Fitness | Episode 1 | Intro to Bodyweight Training

WATCH: QL Fitness | Episode 1 | Intro to Bodyweight Training

Episode 1 of Qatar Living Fitness on bodyweight training
WATCH: Fares Ibrahim strikes first gold for Qatar at Tokyo Olympics

WATCH: Fares Ibrahim strikes first gold for Qatar at Tokyo Olympics

Qatar made history as weightlifter Fares Ibrahim won the country's first-ever Olympic gold medal when he lifted a total weight of 402kg to claim victory in the men's 96kg category at the 2020 Tokyo Games today.