Professor Fatima Abdul Wahid Al-Ahmad, Assistant Undersecretary for Resources and Services at the Ministry of Health, revealed that the Ministry of Health has received 50,000 doses of seasonal influenza vaccine. Al-Ahmad added in a statement that coordination has been made to distribute the shipments to various health centers and facilities concerned with vaccination at the Ministry of Health, in preparation for receiving hesitant community members who wish to obtain the seasonal influenza vaccine. ...
The Assistant Undersecretary for Resources and Services explained that the Ministry is awaiting the arrival of the second batch of "50 thousand" vaccines during the second half of this month, as it has developed a plan to cover requests for vaccination against "seasonal influenza", in an effort to provide maximum levels of health security, and to strengthen Prevention among community members and making it a top priority.
She indicated that vaccines for the seasonal influenza virus will be provided in sufficient quantities in all health centers in the Kingdom of Bahrain, in order to prevent and protect the elderly and those with chronic diseases, who must take seasonal influenza vaccinations for their effectiveness and safety.
On her part, Dr. Maryam Al-Hajri, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health and Chairman of the Vaccination Committee at the Ministry of Health, stated the necessity for community members to obtain seasonal influenza vaccines, especially in light of the circumstances of the spread of the new Corona virus "Covid 19". And she called on everyone who suffers from chronic diseases or weak immunity to take the vaccine, or the like, to go to health centers to take the vaccine, as in light of the high numbers of Corona virus infections, everyone must maintain his health and safety from infection.
The Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health said that the groups most vulnerable to influenza infection are children under 5 years of age and people with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, chronic respiratory diseases, immunodeficiency diseases, metabolic diseases, neurological diseases, obese people, pregnant women, smokers, and the elderly from 65 years and over. And those who take certain medications such as aspirin, cortisone, or immunosuppressive drugs.
Al-Hajri directed citizens and residents to adhere to the rules of personal hygiene, the most important of which is washing hands and not mixing with patients to avoid transmitting infection, especially in light of the changing weather and the possibility of increasing the number of people infected with seasonal flu.
It is worth noting that seasonal influenza is one of the diseases caused by influenza viruses and mainly affects the respiratory system, especially the nose and throat, and the symptoms of the disease range from light to severe, and it is also a rapidly transmissible infectious disease where a person becomes ill as a result of inhaling the spray flying in the air when coughing or sneezing Or the infected person spoke, and one of the methods of transmission is also the person touching surfaces or materials contaminated with the influenza virus, and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes.