On March 3, 2022 MOPH announced the launch of the annual vaccination campaign against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (Tdap) diseases, starting in mid-March, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Higher Education and the Primary Health Care Foundation.
This year's campaign aims to vaccinate students in the 10th and 11th grades of public and private schools and community schools in Qatar.
Dr. Hamad Eid Al-Rumaihi, director of the department of health protection and transitional disease control at the Ministry of Public Health, said the campaign's annual implementation aims to enhance student immunity, as WHO recommends that the three anti-disease vaccines should be taken every 10 years.
He added that Qatar does not suffer from the spread of tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough due to the high level of vaccination coverage, but attention should be paid to the seriousness of the three diseases, which can cause severe complications, death or total disability of any of them.
The campaign is carried out annually and targets 10th graders, but the campaign was postponed last year in 2021 in light of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, so it was decided that this year's target group will include 10th and 11th graders.
The Ministry of Public Health called on parents and parents of students to urge their children to receive vaccination, as it has a profound impact on promoting their health and preventing them from diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough diseases, especially since this dose comes within the framework of periodic vaccinations for adolescents and within the series of basic vaccines for the vaccination schedule in place in Qatar.
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