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Heighten Alertness Against Flu and COVID-19 to Protect Vulnerable
新冠流感同活躍 保持警覺護長幼

新冠流感同活躍   保持警覺護長幼










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8 May 2023

Heighten Alertness Against Flu and COVID-19 to Protect Vulnerable


The World Health Organisation announced on 5 May 2023 that COVID-19 no longer constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.  However, the removal of the highest level of alert did not mean the thread of COVID-19 is totally over.  The Hong Kong Medical Association (HKMA), noting the overall activity of local seasonal flu and COVID-19 remains active, calls for citizens to stay vigilant of the potential risks of the both diseases, especially for elderly, children and people with chronic medical conditions.


The Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases (ACCD) of the HKMA held a meeting in reviewing local situations of COVID-19 and seasonal flu.  The ACCD urged not to dismiss the impacts of COVID-19, especially for older adults aged above 70 as only 71% of them have 3rd vaccine dose.  Since seasonal flu outbreaks are also on the rise, the ACCD advised citizens to receive both COVID-19 and flu vaccine to protect themselves.  The ACCD also recommended the need to have a better understanding of vaccine hesitancy, and how vaccine uptake can be increased for the sake of public health in the long run.


The HKMA concurs with the advice of the ACCD and supports to roll out public health education campaigns to bust the myths around vaccination.  In addition, the HKMA highlights the importance to take necessary measures for protecting their loved family members.  Family and friends are important individuals in helping family and friends to overcome reservations and receive vaccination.  In the coming months, the HKMA will launch an Adult Immunisation Programme to raise public awareness on vaccination.  Besides vaccination, members of the public can protect others by wearing masks and staying away from the crowd if they have respiratory disease symptoms.  Equally important is to always maintain environmental and personal hygiene.  Likewise, citizens with medical conditions must wear masks in public transports and try not to visit crowdy place as far as possible to protect themselves from infection.




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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