Vaccine-preventable diseases are the major cause of mortality among children; HMC urges public to get immunized
- JustHere Qatar
- On April 28, 2015
On the occasion of World Immunization Week, held from April 24-30, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is encouraging women to be informed, and protect themselves and their children from vaccine-preventable diseases.
According to the US-based Centers for Communicable Diseases (CDC), vaccine-preventable diseases include cervical cancer, diphtheria, hepatitis A & B, human papillomavirus (HPV), influenza, measles, meningococcal, tuberculosis, typhoid and yellow fever. Most of these diseases can be prevented if women get vaccinated and also stick to their children’s immunization schedule right after their births.
The recommended immunization schedule is designed to protect infants and children early in life, when they are most vulnerable and before they are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases.
“In Qatar, the H1N1 vaccine is recommended for pregnant women with lower immune systems during the months of November to March. H1N1 vaccine protects against influenza (flu) disease caused by the H1N1 virus. It works by stimulating the body to produce antibodies against the influenza A (H1N1) flu virus, which helps the body to fight the infection,” said Dr Halima Al Tamimi, Senior Consultant Obstetrics/Gynecology at the Women’s Hospital.
In Qatar, the H1N1 vaccine is recommended for pregnant women with lower immune systems during the months of November to March.
She explained that pregnant women who get sick with H1N1 can have serious health problems and they can get sicker than other people who get H1N1 flu. “Some pregnant women who are sick with H1N1 have had early labor and severe pneumonia. Some have died. If you are pregnant and have symptoms of the flu, take it very seriously. Call your doctor right away for advice.”
“The meningitis vaccine is recommended if a pregnant woman wants to go on a holy pilgrimage to Mecca because of the high concentration of people she would come in contact with on the trip,” said Dr. Halima.
Also, she stated that the rubella vaccine is usually administered to females in secondary schools but noted that “about 10% of girls in this category miss receiving this vital vaccine that protects against rubella (German measles), which is usually a mild illness but can cause serious damage to the unborn child of a pregnant woman.”
We advise women to get vaccinated against rubella six weeks after they deliver their babies.
“Usually, we advise women to get vaccinated against rubella six weeks after they deliver their babies. We also suggest avoiding getting pregnant three months after so there are no complications and fetal abnormalities,” she added.
“The vaccines develop the defense system in the body (immunity) so that one is protected against diseases. Worldwide, vaccine preventable diseases are still the major cause of morbidity and mortality among children causing pneumonia, brain damage, choking, heart problems, paralysis, liver damage among others,” explained HMC’s General Pediatrics Division head, Dr. Ahmad Hassan Al-Hammadi.
[Photo courtesy: Daniel Paquet via Flickr (image modified)]
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