The Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases recommends healthcare workers to receive seasonal influenza vaccination to reduce morbidity and hence reduce absenteeism among health workers related to respiratory infections. It is also recommended in order to reduce the risk of transmitting influenza to patients who are at high risk of complications and mortality from influenza.
In Hong Kong, influenza is usually more common in periods from January to March/April and from July to August. It takes about 2 weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body. Get vaccinated early to ensure protection.
Where do I get the influenza vaccine from?
If you are working in Hospital Authority, Department of Health, Residential Care Homes (for the Elderly or Persons with Disabilities) or Residential Child Care Centres, you can receive free seasonal influenza vaccine from your employer or Visiting Medical Officer. If you are working in the other sectors, you should contact your own employer for information.
|Hospital Authority||Respective units|
|Department of Health||Respective units|
|Residential Care Homes (for the Elderly or Persons with Disabilities)||Visiting Medical Officer|
|Residential Child Care Centres||Visiting Medical Officer|