HMC reminds public to get a flu shot

January 28, 2023

Doha: Hamad Medical Corporation has reminded public to get the influenza vaccine, adding that hundreds of individuals are hospitalised in Qatar annually due to flu and its complications.

People can get the influenza vaccine for free at primary health centres, HMC’s outpatient clinics, and at more than 40 private and semi-private clinics and hospitals across Qatar.

“Don’t underestimate the flu this year it’s more important than ever to get the free flu vaccine… Get your free flu shot today,” the HMC said.

“More than 500 people are hospitalised in Qatar each year for flu and its complications; It’s not too late to get your flu shot…Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalisations and deaths,” HMC said.

The circulating flu viruses change from year to year which is why it is important to receive the flu vaccine annually. Flu is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalisation and sometimes even death, and should never be underestimated.

Head of Vaccination at the Ministry Dr. Soha Al Bayat recently said that the immunity level stays for nine months after getting the flu vaccine and then it starts to decline.

“Flu is a serious illness and everyone aged 6 months or above should take the vaccine to protect themselves.

“Some groups are more vulnerable than others. People of all ages and health conditions can get the flu and become sick, but there are certain key population groups who are at increased risk” Dr. Al Bayat said.

People aged over 50 years, those with chronic conditions regardless of their age, children aged between six months and five years, pregnant women and healthcare workers and teachers are more vulnerable to the seasonal flu.




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