Muscat: The Ministry of Health (MoH) in Oman has initiated its annual seasonal influenza vaccination campaign with a multifaceted approach whose primary focus is on protecting the health of both Omani citizens and expatriates who are aged 60 and older, as well as individuals with chronic medical conditions.
However, the scope of the campaign extends much further. In recognition of the fact that certain health conditions and age groups are more susceptible to the complications of influenza, the campaign includes those with respiratory ailments, heart diseases, kidney and liver problems, neurological disorders, haematological disorders, metabolic conditions, uncontrolled diabetes, and excessive obesity in both adults and children.
According to MoH, these individuals are at heightened risk if they contract the flu, so vaccinating them is a crucial preventive measure.
Furthermore, it encompasses a diverse range of individuals like pilgrims, whose close proximity in crowded areas can facilitate the rapid spread of infectious diseases.
Likewise, healthcare professionals and frontline workers, who are at increased exposure to infectious agents due to their professions, are strongly encouraged to receive the influenza vaccine to safeguard their health and ensure the continuity of essential services.
Additionally, pregnant women, who experience changes in their immune systems that make them more susceptible to infections, are also urged to participate in the campaign to protect both their health and the health of their unborn children.
As part of this initiative, MoH strongly encourages the aforementioned groups to visit their nearest healthcare facilities to receive the influenza vaccine. This proactive measure is intended to reduce the risk of influenza infection, which can lead to severe complications.
It is important to note that the vaccine is not only accessible within the public healthcare system but is also available in the private healthcare sector for citizens and residents who do not fall into the specified categories but are interested in getting vaccinated.
This approach aims to ensure widespread protection against the flu within the broader community.