Summer flu season begins in Hong Kong

Summer flu season begins in Hong Kong
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The Center for Health Protection (CHP), a branch of the Department of Health, recently urged the public of Hong Kong to remain wary of seasonal influenza due to new data about the upcoming summer influenza season.

The most recent surveillance data states that there has been a steady rise in local influenza rates. The number of positive seasonal influenza viruses rose from 15.1 percent in the week of May 31 to 19.6 percent last week. The data was gathered from respiratory specimens taken by the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch of the CHP.

Of the detected viruses, 84 percent were A(H3N2) and 15.2 percent were B. Sixty-nine people were confirmed to have influenza-like illnesses (ILI) due to 12 institutional outbreaks, as of June 13. This is an increase compared to the 10 institutional outbreaks and 51 infected persons the week of May 31. The most recently numbers show that 11 institutional outbreaks and 46 people with ILI have been confirmed this week.

"We appeal to elderly persons aged 80 or above to come forward to receive the Southern Hemisphere Seasonal Influenza vaccination to gain early protection, as it will take about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body," the CHP spokesman said. "We will closely monitor overseas and local influenza activities as Hong Kong has entered the summer influenza season.”

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