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The Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) has announced residents in the emirate over the age of 65, as well as those suffering from chronic diseases like diabetes, are soon to be able to take advantage of free vaccines that protect against pneumococcal disease and influenza, Gulf News has reported. Eligible residents can take advantage of the vaccines free of charge by the end of the year, Dr Fareeda Al Hosani, manager of communicable diseases at HAAD, told the daily. An updated vaccine against chickenpox will also be offered free to children enrolled in Grade 1 by the end of the year. In addition, a meningococcal vaccine that protects against some of the most common types of meningitis will be recommended for pupils enrolled in Grade 11, Dr Al Hosani said.