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Influenza Vaccine

Influenza is a highly contagious illness of the respiratory tract that caused by influenza viruses. It is transmitted through droplets or direct contact with respiratory secretions of infected persons. Every year from January to March and July to August are the peak periods of influenza in Hong Kong.

Symptoms of Influenza include fever, runny nose, cough, sore throat, joint pain, muscle pain, loss of appetite and fatigue, etc. In severe cases, complications such as otitis media, pneumonia, myocarditis and encephalitis, or even death may occur.

It is suggested by the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection that all Hong Kong children who are aged 6 months to less than 6 years should receive the seasonal influenza vaccination. The Childhood Influenza Vaccination Subsidy Scheme is implemented to encourage Hong Kong children to get vaccinated by giving a $130 Government subsidy per dose of seasonal influenza vaccination received from private doctors.

It takes about 2 weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body. Parents should bring their children to private clinics to get vaccinated early to ensure sufficient protection.

Recommended Dosage:

Age

Recommended Dosage

Number of Injections

6-35 months

0.25 ml

1-2*

3-8 years

0.5 ml

1-2*

9 years or above

0.5 ml

1


*For children aged under 9 years who have never received any influenza vaccination, it is suggested that they should receive their second injection at least one month after their first injection.

If you have any query, please call+ 852 21119518.

The above information is provided by professional doctor, and only used for educational purposes. If you have any discomfort, don’t hesitate to consult a doctor.