Much needs to be done by the health authorities and health care professionals to increase awareness of maternal immunisation, whereby a single dose of maternal influenza vaccine can protect both mothers and their infants.
A petition led by the Malaysian Influenza Working Group urges the government to include fully-subsidised annual influenza vaccination for older people in Budget 2024. Thailand, Laos, the Philippines, and Singapore provide free flu jabs to senior citizens.
The common perception of flu as a mild disease is flawed. While it is true that the flu itself does not kill, its complications can be fatal, especially among high-risk groups like older persons and those with comorbid conditions.