Abu Dhabi : Influenza is on the rise in the UAE. Doctors have repeatedly asked to take the flu vaccine and strengthen immunity. Private hospitals in some emirates are full of patients and cannot admit new arrivals.
It was also reminded that taking the flu vaccine can prevent the disease from becoming serious. Dr. Ahalya Hospital’s pediatrician said that the disease is mostly reported in children. Anupama said. He also reminded not to send sick children to school.
Different types of viruses
Influenza A, B, and Respiratory Sensational Virus (RSV) are currently the most common viruses. This in itself can cause more problems in young children and people with weakened immune systems such as asthma and lung patients. If we see the doctor early, we can see that the disease does not become serious.
Symptoms include fever, chills, sneezing, headache, dizziness, loss of appetite, phlegm, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, body aches and fatigue that lasts for days. People with lung disease also get the flu quickly. Along with this, some are also becoming covid positive.
Keeping clean, washing hands frequently with soap and water or using sanitizer, wearing a mask, not sending sick children to school, and avoiding contact can help prevent the spread of the disease.
A balanced diet
A balanced diet is best. Cold food should be completely avoided. Rest well, eat enough food, drink water and take medicine exactly as prescribed by the doctor.
Influenza A is widely seen among school children. If sick people come to school, they can spread to other students and through them to their family members. So sick people rest at home.
Influenza is a common disease in winter. But in the last 2 years flu was less in the fight against Covid. All restrictions, including masks, were lifted and crowding led to the spread of the disease. But Dr. said that there is no need to panic and these can be changed within days if treated. Anupama said. If the fever does not go down, it is also indicated to see the doctor as soon as possible and take anti-viral medicine.
Flu vaccine is available at government and private hospitals. Free for people below 5 years and above 65 years, differently abled, seriously ill and pregnant women. Those who do not have to pay 50 dirhams.
Are children also vaccinated?
Children 6 months and older can receive the vaccine. Babies under 6 months of age can also get immunity from breast milk if the mother gets the vaccine.
2 doses for children
Children under 9 years should take 2 doses 4 weeks apart. The vaccine should not be given during fever.
Who is at risk?
People with diabetes, asthma, lung diseases, heart disease, pregnant women, people aged 65 and under are more likely to get the disease. In rare cases, the disease can become serious in such people.