The Importance of Influenza Vaccination for School Children to Prevent Syncytial Virus Infection

2023-09-27 05:00:00

Written by Walid Abdel Salam Wednesday, September 27, 2023 08:00 AM

I warned Ministry of Health The population is school children from syncytial virus infection, noting the necessity of following all instructions for infection control, in addition to obtaining the influenza vaccine early and before the onset of winter, noting that 73% of syncytial virus infections are among children.

Dr. Hossam Hosni, Head of the Scientific Committee to Combat Corona at the Ministry of Health and Population, said: “Doctors recommend that children receive the influenza vaccine starting at the age of 6 months.”

He added: “Some children from 6 months to 8 years old may need two doses, and in the case of getting the vaccine for the first time, and also people who have previously received only one dose, the two doses should be separated by at least four weeks, in order to obtain better protection.” He said: “If your child is over 9 years old, or has previously received two doses of influenza vaccine in previous years; He only needs one dose of influenza vaccine this season.”

He advised referring to the specialist caregiver before taking the influenza vaccine to ensure that the child does not have any medical condition, such as asthma or allergies, as a result of receiving the vaccine or if there are any contraindications to its use.

Dr. Mustafa Al-Mohammadi, Director General of the Serum and Vaccine Vaccination Centers, revealed that the launch of antibodies for newborns against the respiratory syncytial virus will soon be announced.

The Director General of the Serum and Vaccine Vaccination Centers indicated that the new vaccination will consist of a dose of injection taken every month during the virus activity season, which could extend for 5 months during the fall and winter seasons.

Respiratory syncytial virus is a virus that infects the lungs and respiratory system and causes cold-like symptoms. It is very common in most children who are infected before they are two years old. Adults can also become infected with the virus.

For healthy older adults and children, RSV symptoms are mild and usually resemble those of a cold. Self-care measures are usually all that is needed to relieve feeling sick.

Respiratory syncytial virus is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover within a week or two.

Respiratory syncytial virus enters the body through the eyes, nose, or mouth, and is easily spread through the air through infected respiratory droplets. The infection can be transmitted to you or your child when a person infected with respiratory syncytial virus sneezes or coughs near you. The virus can also be transmitted to others through Direct contact, such as a handshake.

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