The Department of Health in Abu Dhabi (DoH) urged the residents to take the seasonal influenza vaccine ahead of the onset of the winter season. The winter season is starting in December during which the type of flu becomes more contagious.
Seasonal influenza is a disease which mainly affects the respiratory system caused by influenza viruses. The virus affects specifically the nose and the pharynx. Influenza requires between a few days and up to two weeks to recover from the infection and the symptoms range from mild to severe.
The statement regarding the health alert issued on Monday. The infection may develop exacerbated inflammation of the lungs, ear, sinuses, or general deterioration of the health. Also, the virus could cause severe complications in young children, pregnant women, individuals with chronic illnesses or weak immunity and the elderly. In between August 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, approximately 235,000 influenza vaccines were administered in Abu Dhabi.