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AGU launches fifth Annual Seasonal Influenza Vaccination campaign

November 16, 2020

In coordination with the University Medical Centre of King Abdullah Medical City, and with the aim to limit the viral infection spread, which peaks during winters, the Arabian Gulf University (AGU) recently launched its fifth annual seasonal epidemic influenza vaccination campaign to its faculty members and students.

On the occasion, Public Health Assistant Professor at the College of Medicine and Medical Sciences (CMMS) Dr Salman Al Zayani stated: “After its successful vaccination campaigns in the previous years, AGU is keen on launching its free annual seasonal epidemic influenza vaccination campaign for the fifth consecutive year to safeguard its faculty members and students from infections before the start of the winter season, and especially in light of the current health situation amidst the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.”

Dr Al Zayani indicated that the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends taking the seasonal vaccination yearly, considering it as the most effective infection spread prevention ways. He also pointed out that the vaccination is available for the public at the University Medical Centre of King Abdullah Medical City at a nominal price. Furthermore, Dr Al Zayani explained that seasonal influenza spreads easily in all public and private places, clarifying that the infection can be transmitted easily in the air and that the virus can also spread through infected hands.

He also mentioned that fever, cough, headache, muscle aches, nausea, sore throat, and runny nose are key influenza symptoms which can affect all age groups, adding that children younger than two years old and adults over 65 years old with chronic diseases are at high risk of developing infection related complications.

Dr Al Zayani stated that taking the vaccination will reduce the number of hospitalised patients and death cases. Moreover, it will lower the economic negative impact of treatments costs, as well as students and employees’ absence during winter seasons.