Children should get their flu jab as soon as possible, as Hong Kong enters the winter peak flu season with 23 outbreaks in schools and public facilities.
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) is encouraging everyone in Hong Kong – particularly children, the elderly and those with underlying illnesses – to be vaccinated against influenza. And the Education Bureau (EDB) is encouraging all schools to "actively check the body temperature of all students every day during this influenza season when they arrive at school so as to identify students with fever."
The CHP has recorded 23 outbreaks of influenza so far this month, affecting 95 persons, including nine cases in primary schools and seven in kindergartens/child care centres.
In Hong Kong, influenza outbreaks are common every year in the winter (from January to March). Local seasonal influenza activity has continued to increase in the past two weeks and is expected to remain at an elevated level for some time. The circulating influenza viruses are predominantly Influenza A.
Last year, more than 200 kindergartens and childcare centres across Hong Kong were shut for a week starting in January due to high levels of flu cases.