As families return from the summer vacation, and as the weather changes after the summer period, children across the UAE are affected by influenza Influenza can occur all year round, but it usually occurs during the winter months.


The good news is that the condition can be prevented by a simple and completely safe vaccination. To provide the maximum protection, children – in particular, should be vaccinated during September or October.


What is influenza?

It is important to point out that influenza is not the same as a common cold. It is a highly contagious virus which affects the upper airways and respiratory system, and in more severe cases can affect other systems of the body and can be severe and life threatening, fortunately that is quite rare. It can affect all age groups.


For the young or elderly, and those with underlying medical conditions, it can cause complications which could in worst cases lead to hospitalisation. Children can be the most severely affected. Cases at young ages can be even more severe and lead to further complications.


Symptoms and prevention

Influenza is usually passed on through coughing and sneezing, which contaminates the surrounding air and other people. As well as being vaccinated, you can reduce the risk of infection through regular hand washing and good respiratory hygiene (covering the mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and safely discarding tissues after use).


Symptoms can include fever, a dry cough, muscle and joint pain, headaches and tiredness, a sore throat and nasal congestion. In addition, children are more likely to have gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.


Why are influenza vaccinations so important?

The influenza vaccine is reviewed and tested every year. It is therefore completely safe. The far higher risk lies in not being vaccinated and being left unprotected as a result.


Children worldwide are far healthier nowadays because of the use of safe and effective vaccines which prevent millions of children from life-threatening illness. Immunisation through vaccinations is absolutely crucial in keeping your child healthy and there is rarely a reason to not have him or her vaccinated.


Protect your child from influenza now

As one of the largest and most comprehensive multi-specialty medical centres in the city, Dubai London Clinic provides vaccinations for influenza and all other types of conditions. Our team of best-in-class on-staff physicians work to the top benchmark international standards of medical care and are always on-hand to discuss and consult with you on any health concerns for you and your family.


Visit, or call 800-DLC (800352) to locate any of our network of hospitals and clinics across Dubai, or for emergency care.


Authored by Osama Bashi, M.D

Consultant Paediatrician

Dubai London Clinic


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