The measures were approved by the National Board on Communicable Diseases yesterday.
After presiding over a meeting with the board, Dr Thawat Sunthrajarn, assistant to the public health minister, said the three approved measures included a campaign to raise awareness about flu risk and how to protect against it; vaccinations for target groups; and monitoring the disease and outbreak.
Those most at risk are: women who are four months or more into their pregnancy; children from six months to two years old; patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, diabetes and cancer requiring chemotherapy; persons above the age of 65; cerebral palsy patients; those with thalassemia or HIV; and those suffering from obesity (weight of over 100 kilograms and a Body Mass Index of more than 35).
Also people working as medical personnel, disease investigation officials, poultry-culling workers, laboratory technicians/scientists, as well as medical and public health students also face the risk of flu infections.
Published : March 27, 2019
By : The Nation