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Influenza vaccination a must, HMC advises

As the weather in Qatar gets cooler, the risk of contracting flu in this season is particularly high. HMC has advised all residents to get vaccinated immediately against the flu.

According to Dr. Iman Al Maslamani, Pediatric Infectious Disease Consultant/ Chairman of Infection Prevention and Control at HMC, the vaccination is important for against seasonal influenza for all children aged six months to 14 years of age as well as pregnant women, the elderly, and patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, heart and kidney diseases as well as immune disorders. In a statement released by HMC, she said, “Influenza vaccines protect against developing complications as a result of the flu or cold and they also reduce the number of influenza infections during the season, especially in children and the elderly. We recommend that people obtain the vaccine as soon as possible  during the cold months.”

Avoid transmission

Since the influenza virus is easily transmitted from person to person through the inhalation of respiratory droplets from an infected person, here are some guidelines for those infected to follow:

  • Avoid contact with other people,
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing,
  • Wash your hands frequently,
  • Maintain personal hygiene.

The influenza vaccination is one of the 11 vaccinations that are included in the National Immunisation Programme for children in Qatar. The programme begins at birth up to 12 years of age, and has so far covered 97% of children born in Qatar. The other vaccinations include: BCG, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis (b), Hexavalent, Infanrix Penta, Rotavirus, Oral polio, Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, MMR and VER.


  1. Elizhaldy Ledesma

    Are we company workers included

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