Untangling Influenza: Protecting Kids with Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine in Nepal

Posted on : August 7, 2023 by Clinic One Team on News & Events

A significant seminar featuring the esteemed Dr. Kabita Keyal, a renowned vaccination expert and Senior Paediatrician at Clinic One, was held at Hotel Vivanta on June 30, 2023, and was sponsored by Abbott Influvac.

The seminar’s goal was to educate attendees about the different types of influenza and how it affects kids, with a focus on the necessity of vaccinating children against it with the quadrivalent flu shot.

The influenza virus, also referred to as the flu, is a seasonal hazard that affects millions of people worldwide, particularly children.

Hence, effective management and prevention of influenza require a thorough understanding of the various influenza viruses and how they affect children.

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Key Aspects of the Seminar

Influenza Types: Dr. Kabita Keyal began the seminar by outlining the various influenza virus types, mainly concentrating on influenza A and B.

As each of these types has unique strains that circulate during flu seasons and frequently cause severe respiratory illnesses in children, understanding the differences between them is essential.

Effects on Children: The seminar emphasized how influenza affects kids more severely than it does adults. When infected with the flu virus, young children, especially those under the age of five, are more likely to experience serious complications like pneumonia, bronchitis, and other respiratory infections.

Dr. Keyal emphasized the importance of preventive measures, particularly vaccination, in protecting children from the flu. She also stressed the need for quadrivalent flu vaccines.

Four different flu virus strains, including two influenza A strains and two influenza B strains, are covered by quadrivalent flu vaccines. This greater coverage guarantees improved protection against the flu viruses’ constant evolution.

Similarly, the seminar addressed common myths about flu vaccines in terms of safety and efficacy. Dr. Keyal clarified that the quadrivalent flu vaccines are secure, have undergone extensive testing, and have been authorized by regulatory bodies.

The advantages of vaccination far outweigh any potential risks. It is still the best way to protect kids from influenza.


Vaccination Advice: Dr. Keyal provided crucial vaccination advice as the seminar came to a close. She emphasized the need for prompt flu vaccinations, ideally prior to the start of the flu season, to provide the best defense.


Clinic One’s Joint Initiatives

Notably, Clinic One‘s committed medical staff members added to the seminar’s value.

The gathering of Clinic One’s nurses, vaccine coordinators, and health assistants highlighted the organization’s dedication to advancing community health and offering all-inclusive healthcare solutions.


The Ongoing Commitment of Abbott Influvac

The fact that Abbott Influvac is supporting this educational seminar demonstrates their ongoing dedication to promoting public health and wellbeing.

Abbott Influvac equips everyone with the information they need to make knowledgeable decisions about the health of their children by giving experts like Dr. Kabita Keyal a platform on which to share their insightful knowledge.


The Way Forward: Keeping Our Kids Safe

Prioritizing our kids’ health is something we all have to do as parents and other carers. In particular for young children, influenza can have serious repercussions and is not just a minor illness.

We can take preventative steps to safeguard our children from this contagious respiratory illness. This can be done by remaining informed and choosing timely quadrivalent flu vaccinations.

Keep in mind that prevention is always better than cure.

So, make sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming flu season take the necessary precautions to safeguard your kids.

Our best line of defense against the flu remains vaccination, which contributes to a healthier and safer environment for all.

Let’s all embrace the power of education and immunization together to keep our kids happy, healthy, and flu-free.

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