The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs (MOLISA) with support from the Bloomberg Philanthropies will work together for child drowning prevention in Viet Nam. As the first step, the focus will be given to the following six provinces which have high burden of child drowning, in Northern mountainous region (Lao Cai, Yen Bai); Red river delta (Ninh Binh); Central-Central Highlands (Quang Binh, Kon Tum); and Mekong delta (Dong Thap).
The best way to avoid getting the flu is to get the influenza vaccine every year. WHO recommends annual vaccination for high risk groups such as pregnant women, children under 5 years, the elderly, people with chronic medical condition and health care workers. People should ideally get vaccinated just before the influenza season begins (i.e. flu season in Viet Nam is normally between April – September) for the most effective coverage, although getting vaccinated at any time during the influenza season can still help prevent flu infections.
What is the avian influenza A (H7N9) virus?
Avian influenza (also known as ‘bird flu’) viruses normally circulate among birds. Although some avian H7 viruses (H7N2, H7N3 and H7N7) have occasionally been found to infect humans, no human infections with H7N9 virus were reported until reports began from China in March 2013. To date there have been no avian influenza H7N9 detected in human nor chicken in Viet Nam.