Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP) is spending HK$20 million on its vaccination program as the deadly H3N2 flu strain is expected to stage a comeback, reports RTHK.
The H3N2 virus took more than 300 lives in an influenza outbreak earlier this year – most of the victims were elderly.
In a new scheme, the government has expanded its influenza vaccine coverage to provide free vaccinations to vulnerable or high risk groups whose members have low immunity, such as the elderly aged 65 or above and persons with intellectual disabilities (PIDs). 400,000 doses of new flu jabs are being bought by the Centre for this purpose.
Controller of CHP Dr Leung Ting-hung said that, starting November, eligible persons can go to public clinics for vaccinations, while those who do not want to queue for the free jabs can use private clinics and avail themselves to the HK$160 subsidy.
He further said the Centre hopes to finish the exercise in about two months’ time.