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  1. No room for complacency

    Posted Oct 11th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez No government is well enough prepared for a flu pandemic, not even Hong Kong's, influenza experts said as they urged authorities in East Asia to take more action. At the end of a two-day meeting in Hong Kong, the Asia-Pacific Advisory Committee on Influenza hammered out a consensus statement encouraging all countries in the region to continue working ...

  2. Flu deaths show need to boost vaccination rate

    Posted Feb 14th 2011, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Health officials will review the city's flu prevention strategy amid growing criticism of the low vaccination rate, especially among health care workers. The winter flu peak has seen nine deaths so far, with 39 patients being admitted to int ...

  3. Pandemic preparedness kit to go out to 20,000 homes

    Posted Jun 04th 2005, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez and Ella Lee It is a first-aid kit like no other because inside the white pouch is information that could make a difference between panic and calm if a flu pandemic strikes. The multicoloured hard paperback Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Kit will go out to 20,000 households. The kit provides basic information on preparedness and urges those given a copy ...

  4. Hotel quarantine the right course, given our history

    Posted May 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... No one wants to be trapped in a budget hotel for a week. So it is understandable that guests who have been quarantined at the Metropark Hotel in Wan Chai are unhappy. Keeping them confined to the hotel for seven days causes great inconvenience and it is a ...

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

    Posted Aug 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... evidence that vaccination did not guarantee a flu-free winter. 'The influenza vaccine last year only offered 50 per cent protection, as the speed of virus mutation outpaced the development ... in May, and 225 people died from the flu between January 13 and last Thursday, when the centre ended its enhanced surveillance of seasonal influenza. Almost 90 per cent of those who died were over ...

  6. Cold comfort?

    Posted Oct 01st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Beijing has introduced measures to cope with any future flu pandemic. The plan relies on surveillance, enforcement, co-ordinated reaction and supervision. Does it go far enough and can it work? Share your views: write to us ...

  7. City Briefs

    Posted Jun 06th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the men was carrying a knife and attacked the man. Flu pandemic forum The Department of Health is running a public forum on influenza pandemic preparedness at 3pm today in the Lecture Theatre ...

  8. Key recommendations

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

    ... Public health Study the need to extend regular flu vaccination to children older than two Close a school when the sick leave rate is 10 per cent or more, rate of admission to hospital is more than 1 per cent, with two or more intensive care unit cases, or ...

  9. Bird flu victim's girlfriend discharged

    Posted Mar 13th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kevin Huang The girlfriend of Guangzhou bird flu victim Lao Qiliang, who was quarantined in a special ward for the past two weeks with a high fever, has been discharged from hospital with a diagnosis of bronchial disease. Guangzhou media reports said the ...

  10. HK stepping up measures against bird-flu outbreaks

    Posted Feb 12th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... measures to guard against outbreaks of avian influenza. They include vaccination for all local and imported live chickens, regulation of local farms including tightened bio-security measures, ... on influenza (www.cp.gov.hk/flu), and general health education on the central health education unit's website. Special efforts were made focusing on new immigrants and domestic helpers. ...




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