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Prevention of Communicable Diseases and Vaccination Program
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Prevention of Communicable Diseases and Vaccination Program

Our outreach medical team provides on-site vaccination service to schools, companies and organizations:
  • Influenza and Pneumococcal Infection
  • Influenza is a highly infectious viral illness and is caused by various types of influenza virus. In Hong Kong, it is more prevalent in periods from February to March and from July to August every year. Influenza virus can be classified into three types – type A, B and C, with type A (H1N1 and H3N2) being the most widespread one.

    Influenza virus changes rapidly over time. Appearance of new strains causes seasonal outbreaks of influenza, and that is the reason why new vaccine needs to be formulated every year to guarantee its effectiveness in prevention of influenza.

    Pneumococcal infection represents a wide range of diseases caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae. It causes a wide spectrum of diseases, including meningitis, pneumonia and otitis media. S. pneumoniae is often found colonising the upper respiratory tract of healthy people with a more common carriage in children. S. pneumoniae can be transmitted by droplet spread and contact with respiratory secretions; direct contact is another way of transmission.

    The following group of people are at higher risk for contracting the bacterium:
    • Elderly
    • Young children
    • Patients who have weakened immunity, such as cancer patients, AIDS patients, and those who have undergone splenectomy
    • People suffering from chronic illnesses such as Diabetes Mellitus
    • People with cochlear implants

    Source: Centre for Health Protection

    2017-18 Outreach Influenza Vaccination Service for Organizations is now available for reservation
    2017-18 Outreach Influenza Vaccination Service (Download Forms):

    Enquiry for "2017-18 Outreach Influenza Vaccination Service" :
    Tel.: 2357-4008 / 2172-0710
    Email: vaccine@ucn.org.hk

     

  • Hepatitis
  • Hepatitis A

    Hepatitis A is a type of viral hepatitis. It is transmitted faeco-orally - the virus is transmitted from an infected person's stool to the water or food eaten by another person. People get infected by eating contaminated food (especially shellfish like oysters, clams, cockles and mussels) without proper cooking; drinking contaminated water or by having close personal contact with infected person. Children who get hepatitis A usually have mild symptoms, while adults may have more serious symptoms like low-grade fever, tiredness, muscle pain, headache, poor appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, jaundice, dark urine and death in the worst case.

    The Hepatitis A vaccine is essentially an inactivated form of the virus. Being vaccinated against Hepatitis A helps produce antibodies to the virus. It is suitable for people over 2 years old who have never contracted the disease. Successful rate is over 94%. In general, the immunity developed can last for more than 10 years.

    Hepatitis B

    In Hong Kong, about 8% population, that is, every 1 in 13 persons are Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) carriers. Hepatitis B is transmitted through blood and body fluid. Symptoms include fever, tiredness, nausea, abdominal pain, jaundice and dark urine. However, many HBV carriers do not have signs and symptoms and thus are not aware that they have been infected.

    One can take a HBV test to confirm whether he/she is a HBV carrier (If the Hepatitis B surface antigen remains positive for more than 6 months, he/she is considered to be a Hepatitis B carrier). If confirmed not infected and HBV antibodies do not exist in your body, one should consider having Hepatitis B vaccination. High risk groups including those who have household or sexual contacts with carriers, people on kidney dialysis, people who receive blood or injections on a regular basis and health care workers should definitely go for vaccination to protect themselves.

    Sources: Centre for Health Protection

    We offer Hepatitis Vaccinations and please click here for details.

  • HPV Prevention
  • According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). Anyone who is having (or has ever had) sex can get HPV. Some serious health problems that can be caused by HPV include:

    • Genital warts;
    • Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP), a rare condition in which warts grow in the throat;
    • Cervical cancer; and
    • Other, less common genital cancers (cancer of the vulva, vagina, penis, or anus), and oropharyngeal cancer (cancer in the back of throat).

    It is therefore essential for everyone to prevent HPV infections!

    Please click here for more information about HPV prevention

  • Youth HPV Prevention Program
  • Interested parties please call 2357-4008 for details.