DOHA: Doctors at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and the First Health Care Corporation (PHCC) are attracting attention to the elderly who have not yet received the flu vaccine, which is at high risk for flu complications.
Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Refaee, a Hyundai Motor geriatrician, said he could get influenza or flu vaccines from Qatar in October. He added that the influenza vaccine is recommended for older people aged 65 and over and is a safe and effective way to maintain health, prevent disease and save lives.
"As the weather begins to change and the colder winters approach, we can see an increase in the number of people suffering from respiratory colds, influenza and other viral infections. People over the age of 65 are at higher risk of complications from influenza, It is strongly recommended that you get the vaccine, "says Dr. Rafaee.
He added that elderly people with the flu are particularly vulnerable to complications and may be more susceptible to worsening of existing chronic diseases such as congestive heart failure, asthma and diabetes and pneumonia.
For best protection, it is best to inoculate the flu vaccine as soon as possible. Dr. Rafaee said it takes about two weeks to establish immunity to the influenza virus and that immunity generally persists in the flu season.
Dr. Rafaee said that flu vaccination is safe for most people, but older people with existing health conditions have advised them to talk to their doctor before getting vaccinated. He added that the healthiest adults will not experience the side effects of the vaccine.
"The most common side effect of flu shots is forearm pain, sometimes the injection site is reddened, but people sometimes report body aches, fever, or cough." For most people, these symptoms will disappear after 24 hours. Dr. Rafi said.
Khalid Elawad, PHCC's health protection manager, said the public health department, HMC and PHCC are working together to launch a nationwide influenza vaccination campaign because the vaccine could reduce the spread of infectious diseases and save lives.
According to Dr. Elawad, common colds and influenza generally affect the respiratory tract and cause many of the same symptoms, but are caused by other viruses. He said the flu could be particularly dangerous to the elderly. Because they can increase the risk of colds, injuries and complications.
Flu vaccinations are free to all residents of Qatar and are available to all PHCC health centers, some private health facilities and government agencies.