Winter Season in MyanmarMyanmar Winter Season
While the best few weeks to come to Burma are from November to February, this is also the most busy period in which finding a place to live can be bothersome. The Bagan area is located in the heart of Burma's "dry zone", the area between, for example, Shwebo in the northern part and Pyay in the southern part. In contrast to the country's seaside areas, which are affected by monsoons of more than 2500 mm per year, the arid area receives little rainfall, as it is protected from the rains by the Rakhine Yoma Mountains in the western part.
Bagan's annual mean temperature is above 30°C all year round and above 35°C in the end of February to mid-May. The best time for the coldest weather and cloudless sky is November to January, but it is high season. It is not only that the rooms are becoming difficult to find and more costly, Bagan is also being flooded by people.
Influenza season in Myanmar | Dr. Christoph Gelsdorf
Physicians in most of the world face the challenges of persuading people to get an influenza vaccination. Myanmar is facing the added challenges of identifying the right season for the influenza inoculant. As the effectiveness of the influenza inoculant gradually decreases after administration, the patient should be injected in the season in which the influenza is most frequent.
Influenza season in the cooler north and south hemisphere during the winter season is known from monitoring information. Conversely, the influenza season is more varied in the tropics, with cases of influenza often all-year-round. As a result, it is harder to vaccinate against influenza in places such as Southeast Asia.
Researchers gathered and verified influenza incidence from 2006 to 2011 in 10 Southeast and Southern Asia states. There was a significant increase in cases of influenza in the more northerly regions - Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam - from July to October.
Of course, these are the same as our wet season. Whilst Myanmar has not been involved in research, a look at our neighbours Thailand and Bangladesh shows that July, August and September were the most intense influenza seasons in recent years. Before Myanmar has its own information, we can probably say with certainty that this is the period when we will profit most from inoculation.
It is therefore useful for physicians to stimulate vaccination in May and June. Inoculant companies are formulating different inoculants for the North and South hemisphere. You are trying to fight the flu viruses that are most likely to appear in the winter season of any moderate climat. Within an averaging year, the inoculum protects against 80 per cent of viral trunks in circulation.
It will be made in Australia in April and May to prepare for winter. As this is very useful in Myanmar, we are administering the South Hemispheric immunization in my hospital. Although Yangon -based internationals were immunized in Europe or America last fall, they may not be sufficiently resistant to the influenza during the wet season and should consider this immunization.
This is why people in Myanmar should talk to their physician to determine whether the drug is suitable for them.