Influenza

Flu deaths show need to boost vaccination rate

Health officials will review the city's flu prevention strategy amid growing criticism of the low vaccination rate, especially among health care workers.

Monday, 14 February, 2011, 12:00am

Swine flu kills 21 but outbreak unlikely to be as deadly this year

Swine flu has killed at least 21 people this year on the mainland, where it has become the predominant strain of the virus. Still, it is unlikely to have the same impact as in 2009, when more than 600 people died, the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.

12 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Cold winter will worsen flu season, doctors say

The flu season will be more severe this year than when swine flu surfaced in humans in the city in 2009 because of a colder, longer and drier winter, University of Hong Kong doctors predict.

And lack of certain antibodies in some people is making swine flu deadlier than other flu strains this year, with patients more vulnerable to other bacterial infections.

9 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Sick office workers reluctant to stay home

Most office employees said they would go to work even if they had flu symptoms, thus increasing the risk of spreading the illness. GlaxoSmithKline commissioned a University of Hong Kong survey of more than 500 working adults and found 83 per cent would work despite being ill. A respondent said he would work while sick so his colleagues would not have to shoulder his workload.

25 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Elderly woman tested for syndrome after jab

Health officials are investigating whether an 81-year-old woman who received a flu vaccination had developed Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), which can be one of the most severe side effects of the procedure.

19 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Tests on dead birds found in Kwun Tong

14 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Japanese poultry imports banned

All applications to import poultry and poultry products from Japan are suspended until further notice after the confirmation of an outbreak of the highly virulent H5 bird flu in Yasugi city, Shimane prefecture. The Centre for Food Safety is seeking further information. Hong Kong imported about 3,800 tonnes of frozen poultry from Japan from January to September this year.

4 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

3 doctors saw man who later died of flu virus

PCCW technician Lui Kwan-hang was examined by three doctors when he complained of feeling unwell - they all told him he had minor flu symptoms, prescribed medication and sent him home.

25 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Swine flu no longer notifiable disease

Human swine flu was removed from the government's list of statutorily notifiable infectious diseases yesterday, it was announced. Recent data shows the activity of the virus has decreased and that the human swine flu virus is no longer the dominant flu strain, a Department of Health spokesman said.

9 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Start of school term brings health warning

The Centre for Health Protection yesterday reminded schoolchildren and their parents to be on the lookout for cases of hand, foot and mouth disease and flu when classes resume next week.

28 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Fear of side effects sank swine flu scheme

Most Hongkongers did not have a swine flu vaccination because they feared side effects and felt the chance of infection was low, according to a survey by the Department of Health.

Taxpayers spent HK$237 million stockpiling the vaccine and another HK$3 million promoting the inoculation programme, the biggest of its kind run in the city.

28 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

City pulls in HK$4b investments

InvestHK, the government agency responsible for attracting foreign investment, told the Legislative Council's commerce and industry panel it completed a record 265 projects last year, which had brought direct investment of HK$4.4 billion and would create more than 6,000 jobs within two years.

Illegal workers held

25 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

How money fears made 2009 a year to forget

Last year was one of the most difficult times to find a job or to earn enough to buy a home in Hong Kong, and most people considered themselves worse off than at any time since 2002, a Chinese University survey found.

4 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

2.8m unused swine flu doses to be dumped

More than HK$220 million worth of swine flu vaccines will be dumped after a health chief said they had completed their 'historical mission'.

Director of Health Dr Lam Ping-yan confirmed yesterday that 2.8 million doses of swine flu vaccine, ordered at the height of the swine flu pandemic last year, would be discarded when they reach their expiry date in October.

10 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Chicken abattoir shelved

Thirteen years after it was first touted as an essential measure to protect the city from potentially fatal bird flu, the idea of a central slaughterhouse for chickens has been shelved.

10 Jun 2010 - 12:00am