26 May 2008
were over 70,000 babies1 born in
is an effective way to stamp out many infectious diseases and some serious illnesses
from children. Some vaccines work best at a certain age and the routine
vaccination package varies among regions. It is important to maximize
the informed choice of vaccines to the public. To this end, the Association
designed and printed a poster that covers the common vaccines worldwide, the
preventable diseases and the recommended immunization schedule. The poster
has been distributed to all our members in mid-May.
Other advice to vaccination:
Vaccines are generally safe. However, children with certain acute illness, allergic conditions and immune deficiency diseases or receiving immunosuppression treatment may not be vaccinated.
Parents are encouraged to consult family doctors to assess the suitability of taking a certain vaccine and tailor personalized administration schedule for their children.
It is strongly advised to receive shots in clinics. Not only can the adverse reactions, if arisen, be instantly monitored and treated but also leave good medical records for future references.
Under the current ¡§Hong Kong Childhood Immunization Program¡¨2, vaccines of B.C.G., Hepatitis B, Poliomyelitis, DPT and MMR are available at the Maternal & Child Health Clinics of the Department of Health.
equip doctors with updated knowledge in the topic, the Shatin Doctors¡¦ Network
is holding 4 weekly lectures on infectious disease and vaccination from May
23 and the Hong Kong East Community Network will hold a Continuous Medical Education
course ¡§Vaccination in Clinics¡¨ on May 29.
1Hong Kong Statistics by Population and Vital Events, Census and Statistics Department, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, http://www.censtatd.gov.hk/hong_kong_statistics/statistics_by_subject/index.jsp?subjectID=1&charsetID=1&displayMode=T, accessed on May 22, 2008
2Hong Kong Childhood Immunisation Programme (2007), Family Health Service, Department of Health, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region http://www.fhs.gov.hk/english/health_info/files/i_10.pdf, accessed on May 22, 2008
The Hong Kong Medical Association, founded in 1920, aims to bring together Hong Kong's government, institutional, university and private medical practitioners for an effective exchange of views and co-ordination of efforts. The foremost objective of the Association is to safeguard and promote public health. The Association speaks collectively for its members and aims to keep its members abreast of medical ethics, issues and advances around the world. In fulfilling these goals, the association hopes to better serve the people of Hong Kong.
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