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Friday, September 16, 2011

Hong Kong : Minorities left out of flu jab drive

Via The Standard :

" Many children from ethnic minorities are being left out of the influenza vaccination program because their parents are not being reached by the government health campaign, the Hong Kong Medical Association says.

And since the swine flu outbreak of 2009, Hong Kong has seen a significant drop in seasonal flu vaccinations to just 15 percent, which is too low to protect the population in the next flu season.

Doctors stressed the flu vaccine is safe, with the vast majority of those vaccinated earlier this year not reporting any side effects. The seasonal flu vaccine, which is available for the winter flu peak season, contains the California H1N1 virus, Perth H3N2 virus and Brisbane B virus."

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