According to numbers released by the health unit in a news release, there were 304 lab-confirmed cases of influenza.
A spokesman for NHS Grampian said: “Supplies of the vaccine for people aged over 75 years is being supplied by national procurement to all practices in Scotland in a planned way with practices receiving 40% of their allocation in September, 20% in October and 40% in November.
The health unit says people should protect themselves by getting the flu vaccine, which is free for people who live, work or study in the province.
"If people get the flu shot every year, the likelihood of getting the flu is reduced, and that means people are unlikely to spread the disease to family, friends and into the community," the release reads.
Aside from getting vaccinated, the health unit offered the following tips to prevent spreading or contracting the disease:
A spokesman said: “We are aware of the situation and are experiencing delays. Its primarily a national problem, but we are currently managing the situation in our GP practices through phasing appointments.”
People can get the flu shot with their physician or nurse, at local pharmacies or the health unit's clinic Friday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at University of Windsor.
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The news comes in the wake of the region recording its highest winter death rate last year, with 495 of the 2,272 fatalities between December and March attributed to the seasonal difference.
DOHA: With the annual flu season around the corner, Dr Abdullatif Al Khal, Deputy Chief Medical Officer at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is urging those with chronic medical conditions to get the influenza vaccine.
Last winter, Qatar witnessed one of the worst flu seasons with thousands of people diagnosed with influenza and many more presenting with influenza-like-illnesses. Many patients with chronic diseases were hospitalized across HMC’s network of hospitals due to flu.
Last night, North East MSP Tom Mason said: “It is deeply concerning to find out that people aged over 75 are not getting the flu jab as promised, so late in the year.
Many more individuals, including pregnant women and children, either visited an emergency department or were hospitalized due to influenza. This winter the flu is predicted to be as widespread and as severe. Dr Al Khal said many of the flu cases last winter were due to the H1N1 virus, and he says this year’s vaccine is made to protect against this.
Dr Al Khal, who is also Head of Infectious Diseases at HMC, recommends people begin getting vaccinated as soon as the vaccine becomes available. He says getting vaccinated early will help ensure protection before flu season begins. Flu vaccines are available in HMC outpatient clinics, primary health centers across the country, and in a number of private sector clinics and hospitals.
“Influenza, commonly known as the ‘flu’, is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract. The flu virus spreads from person to person through the inhalation of respiratory droplets from someone who is infected.
Morays score on the winter mortality index was 23%, while the rise in Highland was 19%, 31% in the Western Isles, 21% in Orkney and 28% in Shetland.
It can also be spread through contact with a contaminated surface. Symptoms of the flu include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue,” said Dr Al Khal. He adds that some individuals may also experience nausea and vomiting.
Chronic medical conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, cancer, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, kidney and liver disease, and obesity can significantly increase the risk of influenza complications.
In addition, he says pregnant women, older adults, and young children below the age of five years could also be at high risk of severe influenza.
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That compared to a figure of 280 additional deaths during the colder months in the north-east in 2016-17 and 270 in the previous year.
Qatar launched a set of new healthcare guides yesterday aimed at helping the public choose the right services.
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