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The Anti-Influenza Vaccination Campaign 2023 Is On

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The anti-influenza vaccination exercise 2023 was launched, yesterday morning, by the Minister of Social Integration, Social Security and National Solidarity, Mrs Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo, at the NPF Building in Rose Hill.

The Member of Parliament, Mr Ivan Leslie Collendavelloo; the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Mauritius, Dr Anne Marie Ancia; the Director, Medical Unit of the Ministry of Social Integration, Social Security and National Solidarity, Dr (Mrs) Yaarthi Devi Soopal-Lutchmun; and other personalities were present during the event.

In her address, Minister Jeewa-Daureeawoo emphasised the importance of the anti-influenza vaccine in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and other prevailing respiratory diseases as well as the upcoming winter season. She underlined that her Ministry is committed to cater for the well-being of elderlies and to provide the necessary healthcare facilities to protect their health.

Anti-Influenza Vaccination Campaign 2023

Mrs Jeewa-Daureeawoo also highlighted that some 50,000 doses of vaccines have been ordered as regards the anti-influenza vaccination exercise targeting, in particular: elderly persons aged 60 and above; children with disabilities attending specialised schools; and all inmates of charitable institutions and private licensed homes.

This Action Plan, the Minister remarked, is a joint collaboration between her Ministry, the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the WHO, and will focus on how to devise strategies to promote good health amongst the ageing population through proper nutrition and proper ways of medication so that we have a healthy elderly population.

For his part, Mr Collendavelloo noted that the vaccination campaign against influenza has proved its efficacy in Mauritius and around the globe since long. He further appealed to the population to continue maintaining sanitary precautions such as wearing face masks and using hand sanitisers as the COVID-19 virus is still present within the community.

Anti-Influenza Vaccination Campaign 2023

As for the WHO Representative, she informed that after the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown periods and with the ease of sanitary precautions, an increase in respiratory infections has been noted. This vaccination, she underscored, is therefore essential to protect ourselves from respiratory infections.

Director Soopal-Lutchmun, for her part, dwelt on the importance of getting vaccinated against influenza, notably, to prevent complications leading to serious respiratory issues such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and in some cases death. “Influenza is a viral infection that is very contagious and spreads by air especially where there are groups of people, and affects particularly those that are vulnerable and have a weak immune system,” she pointed out.

On this score, the Director appealed to the elderly population and the vulnerable part of the population such as those with cancer, HIV patients or other illnesses to get inoculated in order to enjoy good health. “The Ministry, in a bid to come closer to the population and give everyone the opportunity to get vaccinated, is providing the vaccines in several vaccination centres around the country”, she said.

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