National campaign sees 100,000 people getting flu vaccination
December 24 2018 08:37 PM
Ministry of Public Health

QNA/Doha

The Ministry of Public Health announced that 100,000 people have been vaccinated as part of the national campaign for vaccination against seasonal influenza, which started three months ago and is still continuing. 

According to the ministry, the campaign has succeeded in vaccinating 100,000 people of different age groups in the health facilities of the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and at the health centres of the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC,) as well as in more than 45 hospitals, health centres and a private and semi-government clinics.
The vaccination teams at the Ministry of Public Health have also carried out several campaigns for workers in many institutions and bodies, including the Public Works Authority, the General Corporation for Electricity and Water (Kahramaa) and Qatar Post, as well as the vaccination of employees in Nakilat and Milaha companies as well as in a number of Universities and educational institutions.
According to the ministry, there has been a rise in vaccination coverage this year compared to previous years, thanks to the significant efforts made by the ministry and all relevant authorities in both the government and private sectors to ensure that vaccinations reach the entire population, especially as awareness has increased among people about the importance of vaccination and its effectiveness in preventing seasonal influenza. 
The health ministry stressed the importance of the initiative to receive the seasonal influenza vaccine, especially with the start of the winter season and the recent dramatic drop in temperatures, where vaccination helps prevent complications from influenza, especially among population groups with high risk factors.
In this context, the health ministry advised all citizens and residents most at risk of developing influenza complications to consider taking the seasonal flu vaccine. This includes the recommended categories of vaccination for all persons with chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma and diseases heart, lung, and kidney, cancer, seniors (over age 65), children aged 6 months to 5 years, pregnant women and health workers. 
The ministry explained that vaccination is available free of charge for all citizens and residents at all primary health care centres as well as at 45 hospitals, health centres and private and semi-government clinics.



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