Press Release
26 May 2008

Childhood Vaccination

26 May 2008

There were over 70,000 babies1 born in Hong Kong in 2007.  These newborns have limited immunity and are at risk to catch diseases that, without adequate attention and treatment, will lead to disability and might be life threatening. 

Vaccination 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: 

To 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,, 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, accessed on May 22, 2008

Notes to editors:
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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