Flu Season

Natural help for cold and flu season

Natural help for cold and flu season

The colder weather brings Hong Kong's peak flu season, with viruses spreading like wildfire through schools, offices and public spaces.

Tuesday, 15 January, 2013, 8:58am

Health benefits of free shots outweigh the cost

The experience of bird flu, Sars and the current flu season should have been enough to convince health authorities of the need to expand the number of free vaccines available to our children. No such lesson has been learned, though, and Hong Kong lags far behind other developed societies in what vaccinations are given automatically.

12 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Extended cold spell sends flu cases soaring

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 of February-March.

14 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Lack of demand may mean costly flu vaccines go to waste

Thousands of doses of flu vaccine could go down the drain as the expected surge in local demand has failed to materialise.

The government ordered 390,000 flu jabs for its winter vaccination programme, which began on November 6 and was originally scheduled to run until the end of last month.

The order was roughly 90,000 more than last year.

14 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Free flu jabs for the elderly urged

Supplier warns it will be doubling price of vaccine

The Department of Health has been called on to provide free flu vaccinations for people older than 65 after a vaccine supplier indicated it would double prices.

25 May 2006 - 12:00am