Heart ailments, diabetes patients targeted
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 12: The Ministry of Health will launch a winter vaccination campaign against infectious respiratory diseases soon, which include seasonal influenza and bacterial pneumonia (pneumococcal), within this week, reports Al-Jarida daily quoting informed sources from the health sector.
Sources revealed the campaign, which will continue until the end of December, aims to reduce the incidence of infectious winter diseases, deaths and complications resulting from these diseases, especially among those vulnerable to infection and complications.
Sources emphasized the importance of getting vaccination for seasonal influenza and bacterial pneumonia this year due to the spread of covid-19 virus. Sources clarified there is no relationship between obtaining the seasonal fl u vaccination and prevention and protection from coronavirus, but it has been confirmed that a person infected with influenza is more susceptible to covid- 19 infection, especially if his immune system is weak.
Sources said the campaign targets all segments and age groups, particularly the elderly and those suffering from chronic noncommunicable diseases like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, those with weak immune system, pregnant women, patients with kidney failure, and those with bronchitis and chest allergies. Sources added the above mentioned vaccines will be available in more than 35 preventive health centers in various health districts, indicating that about 450 doctors, technicians and health workers from the Public Health Department, and other sectors in the ministry will be part of the campaign.