Britain in vaccination warning over measles outbreak

A measles outbreak has affected 800 people in Britain, where up to two million schoolchildren are believed to be unprotected due to a scare which wrongly linked the vaccine with autism. The outbreak is centred on Swansea, in south Wales, but health experts warn there is a risk the virus could spread.

Saturday, 20 April, 2013, 3:19am

Hong Kong did right by MMR vaccine

Hong Kong's MMR immunisation rate never drops below 95 per cent. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong's health authorities have insisted in the last decade that the combined measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine for young children is safe.

18 Apr 2013 - 3:18am

China Digest, March 4, 2013

A woman has been acquitted of charges that she stole books and statues from the home of Ji Xianlin, a famed linguist and professor of Peking University, a few months after his death in 2009, reports. 

4 Mar 2013 - 5:42am

Pakistan policeman killed in new anti-polio attack

People carry the body of a police officer into an ambulance in Mardan. Pakistan, on Tuesday. Photo: AP

A Pakistani policeman was shot dead on Tuesday while protecting a polio vaccination team, police said, bringing the death toll in such attacks to 20 since December.

No one has claimed responsibility for the killings. But the umbrella Taliban faction last year banned polio vaccinations in the tribal region of Waziristan, alleging the campaign was a cover for espionage.

26 Feb 2013 - 9:00pm

Pakistan resumes polio vaccines under tight security

Pakistani security officials escort the heath workers as they administer Polio vaccination to children in Bajaur tribal region near the Afghan border on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

Pakistan is providing paramilitary and police support to polio vaccinations being resumed discreetly in the northwest after a series of attacks on medical workers, officials said on Friday.

4 Jan 2013 - 5:18pm

One million Pakistani children miss out on polio vaccination

A Pakistani boy receives his polio vaccination. Photo: AP

Almost one million Pakistani children were left out of a polio vaccination drive which ended this week, officials said, as unrest and flooding limited access and some parents viewed the campaign as a Western "conspiracy".

19 Oct 2012 - 3:19am

City Digest

Brake fault found on Ocean Park roller coaster

One of the seven sets of brakes on Ocean Park's Mine Train roller coaster was out of order when a car carrying 23 passengers ran into the back of an empty car at the station on Sunday, an Electrical and Mechanical Services Department check found. No one was injured.

RTHK staff to give new director a 'reception'

13 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Vaccinations prevent a variety of diseases, but can be dangerous

Two years ago Dominque Frebourg moved from France to Hong Kong. She brought all her worldly possessions, including her three cats.

Adhering to Hong Kong's animal import regulations, she vaccinated them before leaving France for a variety of diseases, including rabies.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Doctor warns of complacency in face of autism danger

Hong Kong has escaped the anti-MMR childhood vaccine movement - linking the jab to autism - which spread across many English-speaking countries in the past decade.

23 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Officials must learn from failure of swine flu vaccine programme

With the swine flu scare late last year and early this year, many people were worried about being infected.

15 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Authority tells staff how to handle complications from vaccination

The Hospital Authority is telling its medical staff how to handle the most severe side effect of flu vaccination, a guideline shows.

The staff guideline, which targets patients who appear at the authority's hospitals or clinics after receiving vaccination for seasonal flu or swine flu in the past 120 days, was released yesterday.

12 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Health officials lead by example on flu shots

Several health officials have already received the swine flu vaccine ahead of the government's publicity campaign next week to encourage the public to have the shots.

Director of Health Lam Ping-yan was among those to whom the shots were administered in the past few days, according to a senior official.

11 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

We lost chance for swine flu jabs thanks to officials' intransigence

I was very unhappy to learn that Hong Kong has lost its chance for an autumn supply of swine flu vaccinations ('Vaccine tender 'too difficult' ', August 22).

I have several family members at risk of complications from this flu and we have been following the development and timeline of this vaccine closely. It seems that Hong Kong is too demanding for its suppliers.

27 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Private doctors see loss-maker in HK$50 flu vaccinations

'Everything costs money.' That was what private doctor David Hsu Kwok-fai had to say yesterday about the seemingly simple process of giving a flu shot.

17 Jul 2009 - 12:00am


Doubts over efficacy of flu vaccine

The Centre for Health Protection in Hong Kong is appealing to parents to give their children, from the age of six months upwards, the influenza jabs.

A quick internet search, however, reveals many doubts as to its efficacy and more importantly the safety of these procedures.

22 Jan 2009 - 12:00am