Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health launched an awareness campaign to promote flu vaccinations targeting those most affected by seasonal influenza, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The campaign, which targets groups most affected by the flu such as the elderly, people with chronic diseases, people with immunodeficiency, pregnant women, health workers, and general community members, encourages citizens and residents to take the flu shot.
The flu vaccine is “safe, free, and does have significant side effects, and its efficacy has been proven for many years in all countries of the world,” SPA reported.
According to the press agency, the Kingdom’s health ministry said that the prevention of influenza lies in taking the vaccine, avoiding crowded places, washing hands, avoiding touching your eyes and mouth, using tissues when sneezing or coughing, and ensuring general cleanliness.
Through the campaign, “the Ministry of Health seeks to increase the number of vaccinated patients through health centers, reduce the rate of infected people, and the number of hospitalized patients due to seasonal influenza,” SPA said.