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  1. A gaping loophole in city's bird flu defences

    Posted Dec 12th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The latest bird flu outbreak has exposed a gaping loophole in our defences against the deadly virus. It remains unclear whether smuggled fertilised eggs were responsible for the mass ... by the deadly H5N1 virus. Some local experts have questioned the effectiveness of the Dutch-made bird flu vaccine, warning this may be waning. It has been used since the government introduced ...

  2. Lack of demand may mean costly flu vaccines go to waste

    Posted Jan 14th 2007, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... of H5N1 bird flu has in the past led to people having inoculations for the normal flu. The World Health Organisation fears H5N1 could mutate and spark a flu pandemic. Private GPs, meanwhile, have ... season,' said Alvin Chan Yee-shing, a Medical Association council member. He said demand had waned because people were tired of hearing about bird flu. 'Almost every year they are told ...

  3. Vulnerable urged to get flu shots

    Posted Feb 14th 2007, 12:00am by Lilian Goh

    ... especially bird flu and dengue fever. About 51 of every 1,000 patients had flu-like illnesses between January 28 and February 3- 10 more than in early January- according to a centre flu surveillance ... for vaccines. Meanwhile, the health department's chief port health officer urged travellers to take precautions against bird flu, noting that many Hongkongers would travel during the Lunar New Year ...

  4. Flu virus in child deaths not new

    Posted Mar 15th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez, May Chan, Paggie Leung

    ... Mary Ann Benitez, Paggie Leung and May Chan Tests rule out new bug as health minister floats free vaccinations Test results from the seven-year-old boy and three-year-old girl with flu who ... strains in the region,' it said. Meanwhile, Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok said the government would study flu vaccine effectiveness and how a mass vaccination of children ...

  5. Subsidy for child flu shots will rise to HK$130

    Posted Aug 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Parents will get a bigger subsidy to give their children the flu vaccine when this year's vaccination scheme begins next month, the Centre for Health ... not be protected this year, as the flu strain mutates. Some of the 1,000 private doctors who accept the subsidy ask for no additional fees, although some collect an extra charge of up to HK$200. The scheme ...

  6. Lifestyle - Health - HEALTH

    Hong Kong flu shot subsidy increased for children, free at some clinics

    Posted Sep 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jolie Ho jolie.ho@scmp.com Flu shot subsidy increased for children under six Elderly people and young children can receive a subsidy of HK$130 for flu shots from now until the end of the year. The sum is the same as last year for the elderly but is up for children from HK$80. Centre for Health Protection controller Dr Thomas Tsang Ho-fai (pictured) said people aged above 65 ...

  7. Comment - Letters

    HK should subsidise flu vaccinations otherwise scheme is not effective

    Posted Aug 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Subsidise flu vaccine for all astake-up is too low to be effective In a television interview on August 5, Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man made no mention of strategies ... get flu shots, although they get no subsidy. Primary students are frequently infected, but are not entitled to a subsidy. As vice-president of the Hong Kong Medical Association and chairman ...

  8. Swine flu vigilance to decrease

    Posted May 12th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang Hong Kong will soon lower its guard against swine flu- just over a year after the pandemic reached the city and with 90 per cent of the flu vaccine ordered at the height ... response level from emergency to alert'. The city has been on an emergency footing since May 1 last year when a Mexican tourist with swine flu landed in Hong Kong, prompting the government ...

  9. Extended cold spell sends flu cases soaring

    Posted Feb 14th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez The unusually long cold spell has seen flu cases soar and public hospitals record more than 100 per cent occupancy. 'In most medical wards, occupancy is already more than 100 per cent,' the Hospital Authority said, adding that the increase in admissions was caused by the cold spell. This comes just as the city has entered its peak flu season ...

  10. Wash your hands while we wait for a flu vaccine

    Posted Aug 07th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The spread of human swine flu in Hong Kong continues to gather pace. But it is well below the global rate and most cases are mild. It seems the anti-infection lessons of the Sars outbreak ... The situation is complicated by the emergence of a variant of the current seasonal flu, H3N2, which now accounts for a quarter of all flu infections, compared with 49 per cent caused by swine flu ...




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