Emirati Health announces a vaccine for residents and the date of its administration

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has announced that health facilities would begin providing the herpes zoster vaccination, which is the only vaccine that has been scientifically shown to prevent shingles, People living in the area who are at least 50 years old can receive the immunization.

The vaccine is given in two separate doses, each spaced out by six months, and it promotes disease prevention in accordance with the most effective methods for prevention in order to eradicate or significantly reduce the risk of shingles infection in adults.

Shingles is an infection that is caused by a virus that manifests itself as a painful rash on the skin, It is brought on when the virus that causes chickenpox reawakens in a person's system and produces a reactivation of the disease, Shingles are characterized by a painful rash and blisters that appear in clusters on one side of the body. Shingles are caused by the herpes zoster virus, The vaccine for herpes zoster can protect against both the disease itself and the problems that are linked with it.

This announcement was made by the Ministry at its headquarters in Dubai during a scientific session that was attended by Dr. Hussain Abdul Rahman Al Rand, assistant undersecretary for the Public Health Sector, as well as the managers of several ministries, administrations, as well as representatives from local health authorities.

The importance of preventive vaccination for target groups

The session brought attention to the necessity of increasing societal awareness of the significance of preventive vaccination for targeted groups, with a particular emphasis on vaccination against shingles, as well as the enhancement of the capacities of health workers by increasing their awareness of the most recent global recommendations regarding shingles, These activities will contribute to lessening the load placed on the nation's health system by diseases that could be avoided by increasing the percentage of the population that gets vaccinated.

The establishment of a vaccination schedule

Al Rand, in his introductory address, stressed the necessity of including the recognized herpes zoster vaccine, into the nationally approved adult immunization program, with the intention of preventing the infectious disease and boosting the percentage of people who have received vaccines.

This stage will ensure that ideal results are achieved, and it relies on the formulation of a vaccination program to maintain the vaccine coverage rate. Taking this step will ensure that optimal results are achieved, The vaccine will also stay up with worldwide innovations in the area in order to construct a system of healthy immunisation from diseases targeted by vaccines and to support the UAE's national figures for preventive health and quality of life.

Al Rand has been quoted as saying, "The United Arab Emirates is considered a global leader in the field of vaccination thanks to its visionary leadership and through its provision of all relevant cadres and capacities to advance the development of the national vaccination ecosystem by enhancing its sustainability and pre-emptive edge," In accordance with the Ministry of Health's strategic priorities to "develop the national health system and shield the public from communicable diseases via proactive measures that follow international best practices," these actions protect the health and well-being of Emirati society while simultaneously meeting public health targets.

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