Muscat: The Ministry of Health (MOH) will begin offering seasonal influenza vaccine to people over the age of 60 and those with chronic diseases, pregnant women, pilgrims, health sector workers, and children (24 months old).
Chronic diseases include respiratory and heart problems, renal, hepatic, neurological, blood, or metabolic disorders, including uncontrolled diabetes, and severe obesity among adults and children.
The ministry called on the above-mentioned groups to go to the nearest health institution to take the vaccine against influenza, which affects the respiratory system and may cause serious complications.
The vaccine is also available in the private health sector for citizens and residents who are not eligible to take it from public health centers.
Seasonal influenza is an acute respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses that circulate in all parts of the world. It represents a year-round disease burden.
It causes illnesses that range in severity and sometimes lead to hospitalization and death, according to the WHO.
Most people recover from fever and other symptoms within a week without requiring medical attention. However, influenza can cause severe illness or death, particularly among high-risk groups including the very young, the elderly, pregnant women, health workers, and those with serious medical conditions.