Posted on October 27, 2016

Qatar University (QU) Health Clinic will organize its annual flu vaccination campaign on October  31. The campaign aims to increase community awareness on the importance of getting an annual flu vaccine. By getting an annual flu vaccine, we can minimize the impact of seasonal influenza (flu) on QU members, allowing us to create a safe learning environment for all.

During this time, the Health Clinic’s medical team will be available from 8am to 2pm to provide free flu vaccination shots at the Female Health Clinic. The Health Clinic will also provide information leaflets on the importance of flu vaccinations, and staff members will be available to answer the questions or concerns that QU members may have about flu vaccinations.

Commenting on the event, Health Clinic Head Dr Hafsa Hashad said: “The campaign aligns with QU mission to raising community awareness on health-related issues and to providing the ultimate support to Qatar’s healthcare sector. Millions of people are hospitalized each year from the flu, and over 30,000 people die from flu-related problems annually. Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missing work and school due to the flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Although the elderly, pregnant women and children are at high risk of the flu, healthy children and adults can also get very sick and spread the flu to their families and friends. Getting vaccinated protects you as well as the people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, the elderly, and those with certain chronic health conditions.”

QU Health Clinic will continue to provide flu vaccinations until June 2017. Qatari ID is required to get the flu vaccination shot.