Scientists harness inbuilt power to fight the flu

Flu patients may be able to fight the virus on their own, with a little help from an immunity booster that scientists around the world are researching. It's a promising trend in infectious disease control - medication that helps the immune system fight viruses, instead of traditional drugs that kill viruses directly.

Friday, 5 April, 2013, 3:57am

New York declares flu emergency

Aaron Lemma receives a flu shot by Dr Sassan Naderi at a health clinic in New York. Photo: AFP

New York’s governor has declared a health emergency over a flu epidemic that has hit more than 19,000 people, and in an exceptional measure cleared pharmacists to immunize infants and children.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Deadly flu epidemic sweeps dozens of US states

Deadly flu epidemic sweeps dozens of US states

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.

12 Jan 2013 - 3:57am

Subsidy for child flu shots will rise to HK$130

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 Protection said yesterday.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:46pm

Flu kills 36 in 2 weeks, more than last winter

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 figures show.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Girl critical with rare flu strain

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.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Flu vaccine no shot in the dark

The impending winter brings with it the influenza season, and this year, the Health Department is stepping up its vaccination drive.

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Quotes of the Week

I throw up even when I drink water

Singer-actress Fiona Sit Hoi-kei, complaining about working with a busy schedule even when hit by the flu

Such a long debate wastes life

5 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Tell us more about flu vaccine programme

To understand why few Hong Kong people are vaccinated against the current flu outbreak we need to go back to the swine flu scare in 2009. That epidemic peaked before a vaccine became generally available. As a result most people did not seek it. A survey commissioned by health officials showed that people felt the chances of infection were low and those of severe illness even lower.

12 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

The opticians

Ginny is the receptionist at Brite Lens opticians. In the past 10 minutes, she has answered one phone call and made a couple herself. Listen to the calls and answer the questions.

Call 1

Ginny phones a customer

1 Why is Ginny calling this customer?

a. to make an appointment

b. to cancel an appointment

8 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Daily infection count may be dropped

The government will re-examine the necessity of announcing daily swine flu figures, the health minister said yesterday.

The administration was assessing hospital admissions, severe cases and deaths, instead of the number of infections, Secretary for Health York Chow Yat-ngok said.

24 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Total at 2,702 as 190 new cases confirmed

Some 190 flu cases were confirmed yesterday, taking the total to 2,702, the Centre for Health Protection said. The condition of a 23-year-old university student improved from critical to stable. There were still five critical cases and one serious case. Another 40 patients were in stable condition in hospital. The new cases comprised 83 men and 107 women.

27 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Children may get swine flu vaccine

Targeting children for vaccination may be the best way of using limited supplies of vaccine to control the swine flu pandemic, British researchers said.

Drugmakers are racing to make a vaccine against the new flu strain, but if the disease increases significantly in the northern hemisphere this autumn, there are unlikely to be enough shots to vaccinate entire populations.

6 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Best flu drug a dose of common sense

Is there any risk that the swine flu could turn people into zombies? At some point might I be called upon to bludgeon my zombie co-workers with a shovel, and should I bring one into the office just in case?

10 May 2009 - 12:00am

Hotel quarantine the right course, given our history

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 step authorities in other parts of the world have chosen not to take. The government stands accused of overreacting.

3 May 2009 - 12:00am