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  1. Flu vaccine no shot in the dark

    Posted Nov 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jeanette Wang jeanette.wang@scmp.com The impending winter brings with it the influenza season, and this year, the Health Department is stepping up its vaccination drive. Compared with last season, those aged between 50 and 64, as well as the obese, have now been included as a target group for the influenza vaccination. This was based on recommendations by the Scientific Committee ...

  2. Flu Factor

    Posted Apr 11th 2005, 12:00am by Margaret Cheng

    ... Margaret Cheng Influenza- that insistent visitor we never really want but can't avoid- has been making itself comfortable here for the past few weeks. Family doctors have seen ... of Influenza A. Much of it is H3N2, an old acquaintance that likes to visit us in July, as well as March. But there's also quite a lot of influenza A H1N1 (10 per cent of cases at last count). ...

  3. News - World - HEALTH

    Deadly flu epidemic sweeps dozens of US states

    Posted Jan 12th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington Boston declares a health emergency as lethal strain of influenza hits dozens of states in worst season since 2009, creating vaccine shortage Deadly flu outbreak sweeps U.S. The United States is in the grip of a deadly influenza outbreak that has hit harder and earlier than in previous years, and has claimed the lives of at least 18 children. One ...

  4. Flu kills 36 in 2 weeks, more than last winter

    Posted May 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Influenza has killed 36 people in the last two weeks, more than the total number of deaths in last year's winter flu season, Centre for Health Protection ... and there were just 329 cases in the week from April 29 to May 3. In the past four weeks, more than 95 per cent of influenza cases were of type A H3N2, replacing a milder strain recorded earlier ...

  5. Girl critical with rare flu strain

    Posted Mar 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com A four-year-old girl infected with a potentially fatal strain of influenza was in a critical condition yesterday as the flu continues to overshadow the spring season. The girl, who has not travelled out of the city recently, was confirmed to have contracted influenza B. She first developed a fever and cough on March 8. She was found unconscious at home ...

  6. No sign of deadly flu attack: experts

    Posted Mar 14th 2008, 12:00am by Fiona Tam, Josephine Ma, Martin Wong

    ... Kong was facing a deadly influenza outbreak, an expert panel investigating the cases revealed yesterday. The findings came on the first day of a two-week closure of all primary schools, special ... Yat-ngok apologised to those affected by the late-night decision to close schools, adding the decision was not based on medical findings. 'And if we can lower the possibility of an influenza ...

  7. Flu complications kill 1,000 a year in HK

    Posted Mar 13th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong Health problems caused by influenza kill about 1,000 people a year in the city, two University of Hong Kong studies have found, and children are far more likely to develop such severe complications here than in the United States. In research released last October, the medical department found that one in five children with flu developed complications in the brain. ...

  8. Fewer pills, more jabs for flu urged

    Posted Apr 19th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... recommendations by an expert panel appointed to investigate the deaths of three children during the peak flu season. The six-member panel found that influenza was a direct cause of death in Law Ho-ming, ... Or Ho-yeung, 27 months, although his elder sister had influenza B. Panel chairman Yuen Kwok-yung, head of the University of Hong Kong's department of microbiology, said the circulating flu strains ...

  9. Doctors warn of shortage over flu vaccines

    Posted Jul 25th 2006, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... Norma Connolly Private doctors warned yesterday that there might not be enough influenza vaccines in Hong Kong to deal with the upcoming flu season. The government, however, insisted that its 300,000 vaccines would be enough to deal with the most vulnerable patients among the poor, sick and elderly. Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok said the government ...

  10. Our vigilance is the best guard against flu

    Posted Apr 19th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong people can breathe a sigh of relief. There was no superbug after all. The common influenza strains have not mutated in a dangerous direction. This, reassuringly, is the conclusion of a panel of experts who released their findings yesterday. Last month, parents and school officials were alarmed by reports three children with flu symptoms had died. Several schools ...




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