Starting today, 20 June, there's an influenza vaccination initiative being undertaken by Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara (THKD).
The influenza shots are free and available until Friday, 26 June.
THKD said the vaccination programme is open to adult Malaysian citizens and residents.
"As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, THKD will be offering 200 influenza vaccinations per day on a first-come, first-served basis from 20 June until 26 June 2020 at its premises," the hospital said in a statement to SAYS.
Annual (seasonal) influenza is an acute respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses which circulate in all parts of the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates some 3 to 5 million cases of severe illness, resulting in about 290,000 to 650,000 deaths each year.
"The WHO has also stated that the most effective way to prevent influenza is through vaccination," said THKD's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nadiah Wan.
The influenza vaccine being offered by THKD is the SKYCellflu Quadrivalent which covers four strains in the 2019-2020 season
- A/Kansas/14/2017, IVR-195 (H3N2)
Members of the public can walk in to receive their shots
According to THKD, they are offering 200 vaccines per day to those aged 12 years and above, who are not pregnant and not allergic to certain medications.
The free influenza vaccinations will be available between 9am to 4pm.
You will need to show your MyKad or MyPR for registration.
No prior appointment is required.
The hospital is located at:
11, Jalan Teknologi, Pju 5 Kota Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
In terms of crowd control, THKD said that the programme is being run based on Ministry of Health (MOH) guidelines and recommendations:
- Designated staff are assigned for crowd control measures
- Registration and recording of body temperature
- All patients are asked to wear masks; masks will be provided to those who are not
- Hand sanitisers prepared for use
For safety measures, the queue line is in an open-air vicinity with good ventilation with social distancing.
Meanwhile, the THKD CEO took to her Twitter account to share photos from the ground where 50 people have already received their flu shots
The 50 people were given their shots in the first hour itself.
"Thank you to the efficient staff volunteers from all departments working to make this happen," Nadiah said while urging those who haven't gotten their shots yet to drop in.
"Our goals are to improve the health and health literacy of the community in which we live and serve. I am also thankful that our team at THKD are always willing to extend a helping hand."