Karachi Jinnah Sindh Medical University Institute of Family Medicine has advised patients, employees, parents and children (aged six months and older) to take preventive steps against the spread of Influenza.
Experts stressed that the vaccination is safe to be administered in children and the ideal time to get vaccinated is by the end of October, however, vaccination after October can still provide protection.
A report shared by the Chairperson Institute of Family Medicine, JSMU, Dr Kiran Zeeshan highlighted that the most common health conditions seen so far are chronic in nature, with a growing ratio of 19.72% in Diabetes Mellitus cases, 18.31% Hypertension and 13.38% of patients with severe fever. The common causes of fever were Covid-19, viral, bacterial and upper respiratory tract infections, as well as Malaria, Dengue, and Pneumonia.
The other reasons for consultation included obesity, dyslipidemia, vitamin deficiency, anemia and dyspepsia. Majority of clinic visits were from Cantt, Saddar, Lalabad Goth, Korangi, JPMC Malir and Garden.
Vice Chancellor JSMU Prof Amjad Siraj Memon said that the Family Medicine Department deals with patients from all age groups which includes and said that it becomes easier, affordable and more accessible for patients to consult one doctor who can take care of all of their health needs.
Dr Kiran Zeeshan also said that it is imperative that people get vaccinated as a preventive measure to control the spread of seasonal influenza infection. It is advisable to wear mask when sick to prevent spread of the infection to others; maintaining a healthy life style with regular exercise, and a balanced diet is key to good health through all the seasons, she added.
The Institute also provides preventive care, counseling and health screening to all JSMU students and employees.