Thailand urges high-risk groups to get shots against seasonal flu

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Anucha said the government is concerned about the spread of flu during the rainy season whereas the flu, coupled with the relaxation of COVID regulations that allow people to lower their guard when engaging in outdoor activities, could increase the chance of spreading respiratory diseases.

Authorities are urging people in high-risk groups to get vaccinated against seasonal influenza to lower the risk of contracting serious illness and death, while also advising the public to maintain COVID prevention measures.

According to Deputy Secretary-General to the Prime Minister and Acting Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri, the government is concerned about the spread of flu during the rainy season. The flu, coupled with the relaxation of COVID regulations that allow people to lower their guard when engaging in outdoor activities, could increase the chance of spreading respiratory diseases. This has prompted government concerns, especially for people in vulnerable groups.



The spokesperson urged people in seven high-risk groups to get vaccinated at public health facilities insured under the National Health Security plan. These groups include pregnant women, children aged 6 months to 2 years, people with chronic diseases, elderly aged 65 years old and over, people with thalassemia and immune deficiency (including HIV patients), those with obesity, and people with intellectual disabilities that need assistance.



The spokesperson added that the Department of Disease Control (DDC) and the National Security Health Office (NHSO) have extended the free vaccination period for members of high-risk groups until September 30 to reduce the chance of critical conditions and to prevent fatalities. He also advised the general public to maintain prevention measures when going outside or engaging in activities in order to avoid contracting COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases. (NNT)