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Srinagar: Doctors in Kashmir have advised people, especially the elderly and sick people, to get the flu vaccine before the winter season.

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They feel flu season this winter, which according to them can trouble those who are weak or immune-compromised.

Dr. Parviaz Kaul, director of SKIMS, who is also a specialist in internal and pulmonary medicine, told The Kashmir Monitor that people who are at high risk because of their age should get flu shots during the fall season.

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“It is flu vaccine time for Kashmir. People should get vaccinated, especially if they are at high risk because they are under the age of 5 and over the age of 65. People who suffer from chronic comorbidities including heart, lung, liver, neurological diseases, diabetes and have immunosuppression should mandatorily get it. They said.

Kaul said that health workers and pregnant women should also get influenza vaccines.

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He added that most Western countries have already recommended flu shots for all age groups. “Priority in case of supply shortages should be for those who are at high risk of complications,” he said.

Prof Mohammad Salim Khan, Head, Department of Community Medicine, GMC, Srinagar said that the flu jabs have proved to be helpful for the vulnerable people during winters.

He said that those who may be at risk of flu infection and should give it priority during winter.

“Those who are comorbid or above 60 are more prone to influenza infection during winters. The flu shot taken in winter develops antibodies in a person over the next three weeks and protects him from the disease,” he said.

Professor Khan also said that people in the Northern Hemisphere are usually given strain jabs to prevent influenza infection in Kashmir.

“In rest of India, Southern Hemisphere tension is given to people whereas in Kashmir its Northern Hemisphere tension is working. People who suffer from respiratory diseases or who have allergies during winter should get the flu vaccine,” he said.

The Doctors Association of Kashmir said that a good percentage of the population in Kashmir gets infected with influenza.

“More people may be susceptible to influenza this season leading to higher rates of infection with greater severity,” it said.

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