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Flu vaccine available in UAE

posted on 25/08/2002: 368 views

A new vaccine that helps to reduce the risk of getting influenza or flu among healthy young adults by 90 per cent is available in the UAE. The medicine has been developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The vaccine, made up of three strains selected by WHO this year, helps in making the symptoms fewer and milder even if an immunised person gets flu. It helps reduce the average person's chances of catching flu up to 80 per cent even during the season when most people are susceptible to it. As one can get flu from the air, from someone who is sneezing or coughing, Vaxigrip is considered to be useful during the cold season, when people are usually vulnerable to flu.

With three types of influenza viruses, Influenza A, B and C, and each having several subtypes, the flu virus is characterised by a capacity for mutation which makes it very difficult to control. The elderly and others at risk can have serious complications from the infection, with the consequences often being more dangerous than the disease itself. (The Khaleej Times)


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