Nearly 50% of kids under 10 years get flu in Dubai, Almost half of students suffering from flu in the UAE are less than 10 years old, says a new study.
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16 September 2020, 12:00 AM
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Nearly 50% of kids under 10 years get flu in Dubai, a study conducted by the Dubai Health Authority showed.
This was the first in-depth study conducted on over 30,000 confirmed influenza cases in Dubai from 2017-2019.
The study - entitled Trends, patterns and prevalence of influenza - conducted by the Dubai Health Authority, sought to establish the significance and importance of getting vaccinated against the flu virus, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Announcing the results of the study during a webinar, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) officials emphasised that it was important for everyone to get a seasonal influenza vaccine this year during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar was moderated by Dr Hamid Yahya Hussain, Consultant in the Data Analysis, Research and Studies Department at the DHA.
The study also revealed that 84.53 per cent of the total seasonal influenza cases during 2017 to 2019 were handled at the outpatient level, yet 15.47 per cent were severe enough to be admitted and treated at an inpatient level across different health care facilities in Dubai.