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  1. As mercury dips, expert urges flu shots for children

    Posted Dec 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Hongkongers will experience an unusually cold Christmas Eve morning, and a disease expert is urging parents to take their children to get flu shots. The Observatory said ... to weather-related cold. Thomas Tsang Ho-fai, controller of the Centre for Health Protection, expects the peak flu season to hit in about one or two months' time. He urged parents to get their children ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/664767/mercury-dips-expert-urges-flu-shots-children
  2. Two children remain in hospital with kidney stones

    Posted Oct 21st 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez and Ng Kang-chung Two children remain in hospital for treatment of melamine-induced kidney stones, authorities have said. Five others have been discharged in stable ... to the same hospital on Friday. The 10 children were diagnosed with kidney stones under the citywide free assessment of children under 12 who had consumed melamine-tainted milk or milk products. Some ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/657062/two-children-remain-hospital-kidney-stones
  3. Kindergarten children recover from killer flu

    Posted Aug 06th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... There have been five clusters of the H3N2 strain, and one man has died Twelve kindergarten children have recovered from flu in the fifth cluster of cases of an outbreak that has so far killed a young mentally handicapped man. The children from a Tseung Kwan O kindergarten began falling sick between July 24 and 28, complaining of fevers, colds, running noses and sore throats, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/424016/kindergarten-children-recover-killer-flu
  4. HK children unlikely to get new vaccines

    Posted Apr 06th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Health authorities are unlikely to recommend two new vaccines to children for a viral gastroenteritis that can cause severe dehydration. The Department of Health said ... persons its effects were limited. 'However, it is occasionally associated with severe dehydration in young children,' the spokesman added. The committee on vaccine preventable disease ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/543602/hk-children-unlikely-get-new-vaccines
  5. No need to vaccinate children, panel is told

    Posted Feb 04th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... government had announced that every child in Beijing would be vaccinated after the Lunar New Year. 'Should we not start providing vaccines to the elderly and to children because this [outbreak] ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/488139/no-need-vaccinate-children-panel-told
  6. Vaccine to be introduced

    Posted Sep 19th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Hong Kong has become the first place in Asia to introduce a vaccine against the bacterial pneumococcal disease that kills 720,000 children worldwide each year. ... Canada, Europe and, more recently, Australia. Hong Kong's Department of Health said its scientific committee on vaccination would discuss the issue of vaccinating children against ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/516807/vaccine-be-introduced
  7. 600 private doctors sign up for flu vaccination subsidy scheme

    Posted Oct 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez About 600 private doctors have so far signed up for the flu vaccination subsidy scheme, as part of government efforts to immunise 300,000 children against seasonal flu. ... an HK$80 subsidy. Previously, the government recommended that children from six months to two years old be vaccinated. The health authorities this year decided to expand the immunisation programme ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/657160/600-private-doctors-sign-flu-vaccination-subsidy-scheme
  8. Policy 'should not dictate family size'

    Posted Feb 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Agnes Lam, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Agnes Lam and Mary Ann Benitez Decision on babies a personal matter, say family planners Having children is a personal decision and government policy should not interfere in it, the Family Planning Association said yesterday. Couples themselves should decide whether to have children and how many, the association's executive director, Susan Fan Yun-sun, said. 'Administrative ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/490057/policy-should-not-dictate-family-size
  9. Mass activities halted at school

    Posted Sep 06th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez, May Chan

    ... Kei Wan Primary School remained open yesterday, but parents were asked to check their children's temperatures and to keep them home if they showed any flu symptoms. School principal Ho ... at the University of Hong Kong, Yuen Kwok-yung, has urged the Hospital Authority to analyse the annual death rate of young children from serious illnesses. A spokesman for the authority said that from 2004 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/651617/mass-activities-halted-school
  10. Cancer survivors join cleanup campaign to show their gratitude

    Posted Oct 27th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... tumour unit at Prince of Wales Hospital. The previous Sunday, its choir performed at a fund-raising event at Ronald McDonald House. Some children with cancer stay at the charity centre while ... located on the mezzanine floor of the hospital's Children's Cancer Centre. Due to open in December, it is named 'Home'. 'It will be a place where inpatients, survivors ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/657867/cancer-survivors-join-cleanup-campaign-show-their-gratitude

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