SEHA calls on patients to get the flu vaccination

SEHA calls on patients to get the flu vaccination
SEHA calls on patients to get the flu vaccination
The health centers of the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) have started providing influenza vaccination free of charge to members of the community, while the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi has directed health facilities in the emirate to register all influenza vaccinations that are administered through the online system of vaccinations, and to report cases of suspected effects Side effects of vaccination through the electronic system for side effects resulting from vaccination, in addition to making sure that all workers in it have received the influenza vaccine, calling on doctors to urge patients to take the vaccine and direct them to the clinics where the vaccine is available.

In detail, the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi confirmed the inaccuracy of a rumor that the influenza vaccine infects those who take it with the disease, explaining that the vaccine contains non-infectious particles of influenza viruses, as these particles help the human body to enhance immunity against these viruses.

She indicated that some people may develop flu-like symptoms such as mild fever, and muscle pain after receiving the vaccine, and these symptoms are minor side effects and are not indicative of influenza infection.

The department explained that the human body needs from one to two weeks to obtain immunity against influenza, which may expose people to influenza viruses before benefiting from the vaccine, noting that there is sometimes difficulty in differentiating between a cold and influenza, as both are respiratory diseases, The symptoms of the two diseases may be similar, but there is a difference in the type of viruses that cause, confirming that the vaccine provides protection against the common viruses that cause the disease.

And she stressed the need to take the influenza vaccine this season to reduce the burden on the health sector, in order to focus on addressing the “Covid-19” pandemic, by limiting the spread of infection in society, and avoiding unnecessary medical visits, noting that getting vaccination is necessary to reduce The possibility of having a common infection with influenza and “Covid-19” simultaneously.

For his part, the head of the Infectious Diseases Department at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Muhammad Moati, said that when obtaining the flu vaccine, a person is given the same influenza virus in an inactivated or weakened form, which leads to the body producing antibodies to this virus, which means that if He was exposed to the influenza virus at a later time, he will be protected from infection and will not become ill, indicating that there are many different forms of the influenza virus, as the virus changes and acquires new mutations every year, so vaccines are changed annually, to provide protection against influenza.

He added, “The influenza vaccine carries a lot of benefits for everyone who gets it, so we recommend it to anyone over the age of 65, in addition to pregnant women, and anyone with chronic health problems, as they have to get the flu vaccine annually, because they are most vulnerable to influenza infection.” Or, who have a weak immune system and may develop pneumonia if they catch the flu. ”

And Moati continued, “Experts expect that the influenza virus and the viruses that cause (Corona) will spread this year, so it is recommended to get the flu vaccine necessary,” noting that the influenza vaccine will not protect against infection with the emerging corona virus because it is a different virus.

He emphasized that getting a flu vaccine carries several benefits, as it helps reduce the severity of the disease, as well as reduces the chances of hospitalization, and it also reduces the risk of death from influenza.

While the chief of health personnel affairs at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Lisette Cardona, stated that the influenza virus is a highly contagious virus, and it is accompanied by symptoms such as fever, fatigue, joint pain and headache, and it can last from three days to two weeks.

She explained that the immunity of the human body decreases with the passage of time, so taking the vaccine annually is the best way to ensure that the body is well protected, and influenza vaccines differ from year to year, as continuous research is conducted to identify the most common virus strains and the appropriate vaccine is developed to fight them.

Cardona indicated that taking the flu vaccine is necessary for everyone over the age of six months, and pregnant women are advised to obtain the vaccine because it helps them transfer immunity to the embryos, which gives the child protection from disease even before he is born, in addition to the fact that people who travel continuously need to Get this vaccine more than others, as the season for the spread of the seasonal influenza virus varies from country to country, and in some countries the virus infects people throughout the year.

180,000 have been vaccinated

The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) announced the provision of influenza vaccination during the 2019-2020 season to about 180,000 people, citizens and residents of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, in addition to vaccinating 22,394 of its employees, in order to achieve the vision of “Abu Dhabi a healthy society”. And the promotion of prevention among members of society and make it a way of life.

She emphasized that it played an important role in the annual vaccination campaign to prevent seasonal influenza, provided vaccination free of charge to members of the community, and organized awareness and education campaigns on the importance of vaccination to prevent diseases, as it provided the vaccine to citizens and residents in various regions of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra, to provide the vaccine for everyone who visits hospitals and health centers.


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One day the human body needs it after vaccination to build immunity against influenza.

The elderly, pregnant women, and cases of chronic diseases should get the flu vaccine annually.

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