- PHCC offers free flu vaccines at its 31 health centers.
- Campaign prioritizes five vulnerable groups to receive the flu shot first.
- Emphasis on individuals over 50, those with chronic conditions, young children, pregnant women, and healthcare workers.
- The vaccine is considered safe and essential for pregnant women to protect against severe flu complications.
- Annual vaccination recommended due to rapidly changing flu viruses.
Free Flu Vaccines
Free Flu vaccines are now readily available at 31 health centers across Doha, Qatar. The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) is emphasizing five priority groups for this campaign, ensuring they are the first to receive the flu shot. These groups include individuals over 50 years old, those with chronic conditions, children aged between six months and five years, pregnant women, and healthcare workers.
Risk of Severe Influenza
Dr. Al Awad highlighted the importance of vaccinating individuals with chronic conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure, as they face a higher risk of severe influenza complications. Administering the flu shot to young children significantly reduces the risk of flu-related complications.
Vaccine for Pregnant Women
The flu vaccine is deemed safe for pregnant women, offering protection against flu infection during pregnancy and extending to their newborns. Studies have shown the vaccine to be about 50% effective for healthy adults aged 18 to 64, reducing the risk of serious illness and hospitalization.
However, certain individuals are advised against taking the flu shot, including those with severe allergies to previous flu shots or their components. People with severe egg allergies should consult a doctor before vaccination. Additionally, individuals with fever or a body temperature exceeding 38 degrees Celsius are encouraged to postpone their flu shot.
Given the rapidly changing nature of flu viruses, annual flu shots are recommended to ensure up-to-date protection against prevailing strains. New flu vaccines are released each year to align with these evolving viruses and maintain effective immunity.
Stay protected, get vaccinated!