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Message from the Executive Director

As the weather turns cold recently, experts stated that the peak season of winter influenza will occur earlier than the previous years, which increases the chance of influenza outbreak and it may last for longer period. In fact, some children were hospitalized in late September due to Influenza A virus, it shows that the importance of influenza prevention should not be neglected.

Apart from maintaining personal and environmental hygiene, inoculation of influenza vaccine is also essential to prevent seasonal influenza and complications. Except those with known contraindications, everyone aged 6 months or above is suitable to receive influenza vaccine, in order to protect personal and community health.

To prevent influenza infection, we should receive influenza vaccine before the outbreak. UCN provides quadrivalent influenza vaccine, when comparing with trivalent influenza vaccines; the former helps citizens to have a better protection against influenza. Interested parties can get the flu shot at Community Health Centres of UCN. Companies, schools and organizations are welcomed to reserve our outreach service for flu vaccination. Meanwhile, the Vaccination Subsidy Scheme by the government had been commenced on 9 October; eligible person can receive the vaccine for free.

To cope with the upcoming influenza outbreak, everyone should keep vigilant on it, especially for those high risk clusters like children and elderly. I wish all of you can have a strong physical condition to keep distance from influenza.


Esther MOK