Free flu shots for Dubai residents with higher risk of complications

Staff Report/Dubai
Filed on October 9, 2020 | Last updated on October 10, 2020 at 08.46 am
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DHA influenza campaign calls on higher risk groups to get vaccinate.

Elders aged 65 and above, children below five-year-old, pregnant women and people of determination, can visit any primary health care centre or medical fitness centre of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and get free flu shots.

The DHA is offering free vaccination to those from the higher risk groups as they are more likely to develop influenza complications.

Emiratis can also get vaccinated for free. The vaccination charge for all other Dubai residents is Dh50.

The DHA has reiterated its call - especially for those who fall in the higher risk category - to get themselves vaccinated.

The seasonal influenza campaign - launched last Wednesday - is aimed to raise awareness among the community about the increased importance of vaccination amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr Hend Al Awadhi, head of the health promotion and education section at the DHA's Public Health Protection Department, stressed that getting the flu shots was crucial to effectively prevent influenza and its complications - more so for higher risk groups.

"Seasonal influenza, which is commonly known as the flu, is an acute viral infection that spreads easily from person to person. Therefore, in addition to getting vaccinated, the best way to prevent it is to avoid close contact with sick people, cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your eyes or mouth," Al Awadhi said.

Al Awadhi added that getting the flu shot is also safe for pregnant women and has many benefits, including preventing influenza and pregnancy complications, decreasing pregnant woman's risk of being hospitalised by an average of 40 per cent and preventing potential problems that affect the health of the foetus.

Flu vaccine: DHA facilities and timings

Medical Fitness Centres

DHA is offering vaccinations on walk-in basis in three DHA medical fitness centres in Jumeirah Lake Towers, Uptown Mirdif and City Walk (Smart Salem Centre) from Sunday to Thursday from 7am to 7.30pm.

Primary Health Care Centres

Residents can also call 800DHA (800342) to book an appointment to get vaccinated across a number of DHA Primary Healthcare Centres that include:

Al Badaa, Al Lusaily, Al Mankhool, Al Safa, Nad Al Sheba, Zabeel, Mizhar and Twar primary health care centres are open Sunday to Thursday from 7.30am to 9.30pm.

Al Mamzar Health Centre, which caters to women and pregnant women only, is also open from 7.30am to 9.30pm. Al Barsha and Nad Al Hamr 24/7 centres will only offer vaccination services between 7.30am and 9.30pm. 

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