As part of a campaign aimed at supporting the educational process

Free flu vaccination for students and their families in Abu Dhabi

The Department called for a visit to the nearest Health Center to obtain the vaccine for free.

From the source

The Department of Education and Knowledge called on students' families to obtain the influenza vaccine and give it to their children, to ensure the continuity of the educational process and the school community not affected, stressing that it encourages parents, students and school workers to visit the nearest "health" primary care center, to obtain the vaccine for free.

She added: “With the onset of winter, and the start of the influenza season, we launched, in cooperation with the Department of Health, a campaign to vaccinate students and their families against the seasonal influenza virus,” and she explained in messages sent to students' families: “While concerted efforts in the community to limit the spread of (Covid-) infection. 19), preserving the health of students and the school community remains our top priority, especially during the seasonal influenza outbreak.

And she warned that influenza is a rapidly transmissible infectious disease, as a person becomes ill as a result of inhaling droplets flying in the air when coughing or sneezing or an infected person speaks, and methods of transmission also include touching surfaces or materials contaminated with the influenza virus, and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes Noting the need to maintain the safety of our students so that they can go to school without affecting the health of their classmates.

The department stressed the need for parents, students and employees to obtain the influenza vaccine, which will be available free of charge in any of the “Sehha” primary care centers. It calls for keeping children at home in the event of their illness to avoid the spread of infection in schools.

She urged the students' families to be vaccinated, noting that there are five guidelines issued by the Abu Dhabi Department of Health to prevent influenza, including taking the vaccine annually as it is the best way to prevent disease, and covering the mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing, which are important factors to help limit the spread of influenza viruses. Frequently washing and sterilizing hands to reduce the possibility of infection, and constantly cleaning and sterilizing surfaces and tools, in addition to reducing contact with others when infected with the disease to avoid transmitting the infection to them.

For its part, the Abu Dhabi Department of Health confirmed that the seasonal influenza vaccine has a successful record of safety and effectiveness, as it was given to millions of people over 50 years, and several research and studies have been conducted that support the safety and safety of the vaccine, stressing that taking the seasonal influenza vaccine is the best way to prevent and reduce Of disease spread.

She indicated that vaccines are a safe and effective method, as they undergo extensive tests to ensure their quality before being licensed.

And she stressed that taking the vaccine reduces the spread of infection in the community, reduces unnecessary medical visits, and the need for hospital admission due to influenza infection, as it reduces the burden on the health sector, and reduces the possibility of joint infection with influenza and "Covid-19", as There is not yet enough information about the effect of the joint infection.

Side effects of the vaccine

The Department of Health in Abu Dhabi confirmed that the vaccine, like any medicine, can cause minor side effects, and the possibility of severe side effects is rare.

She explained that the possible minor side effects after taking the influenza vaccine, include pain and redness in the injection area, a slight fever, and pain in the body, noting that these side effects are less severe, and they disappear quickly, if compared to severe flu symptoms.

The department confirmed that the influenza vaccine does not cause disease, because it contains non-infectious particles of viruses that cause influenza, but these particles help the human body to enhance immunity against viruses, indicating that some people may develop flu-like symptoms, such as a mild fever, And muscle pain, after taking the vaccine, but these symptoms are minor side effects and are not indicative of influenza infection.

She indicated that the body needs between one and two weeks in order to obtain immunity against influenza, which may expose people to influenza viruses before benefiting from the vaccine, in addition to the difficulty of differentiating at times between cold and influenza, as they are respiratory diseases and their symptoms may be similar, but there is There is a difference in the type of viruses that cause them, so the flu vaccine provides protection from the common viruses that cause the disease.

5 Tips for Preventing Flu

Get vaccinated annually.

Cover mouth and nose when

Sneezing and coughing.

Hand washing and sterilization


Cleaning and disinfection of surfaces

And tools constantly.

Limit mixing with others

When infected with the disease.

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