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Jen-Ai Hospital - Dali Promotes Flu Vaccination

2003/09/19
BY MARK K. CHAN
TAICHUNG, JEN-AI HOSPITAL - DALI

As autumn is fast approaching, Jen-Ai Hospital - Dali is reminding the international community that the best defense against the flu is to get immunized with a flu vaccination. The flu can cause serious and sometimes deadly complications in elderly people or those with certain medical conditions. Those people who are not in high risk categories still face a variety of problems, ranging from high fever to passing the flu to those at higher risk. According to the American Medical Association, children, adults with chronic illnesses, and pregnant women in the second or third trimester are especially susceptible to catch the flu.

The best time to be vaccinated is the end of September to October, but Jen-Ai Hospital - Dali stresses that the vaccine should still be effective if received at a later time. Before the flu season starts, the hospital is encouraging the international communities to contact the International Patient Center about getting the flu shot, since for some people, getting immunized could be a life-saving decision.

 Who Should Get a Flu Vaccination?
Flu shots are recommended for people who are at high risk of complications from the flu, people who may give the flu to someone at risk, or people who are planning to travel to developing countries.

Adults who should get a flu vaccination:

¡@¡Dpeople who are 65 years of age or older
¡@¡Dpeople who have chronic lung or heart disorders
¡@¡Dpeople who in the past year saw a doctor regularly or were hospitalized for chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, kidney disease,
¡@¡@severe anemia, or immune deficiency (including HIV/AIDS and immuno-suppression caused by drugs)
¡@¡Dpregnant women who will be in the second or third trimester of pregnancy during flu season
¡@¡Dpregnant women who have medical conditions that increase their risk for complications, regardless of the stage of pregnancy
¡@¡Dpeople who live with someone in a high-risk group
¡@¡Dresidents of nursing homes and other facilities that care for people with chronic medical conditions
¡@¡Dhealth care workers and other employees of hospitals, nursing homes, and chronic care and other outpatient facilities who care for
¡@¡@patients
¡@¡Dpolice, fire fighters, and other public safety workers
¡@¡Dpeople planning to travel to the tropics at any time or to the Southern Hemisphere from April through September who did not receive a flu
¡@¡@vaccine the previous year

Children who should get a flu vaccination:

¡@¡Dchildren who are between 6 and 23 months of age
¡@¡Dchildren who are on long-term aspirin therapy and may be at risk for Reye syndrome if they catch the flu
¡@¡Dchildren who were born prematurely and are at increased risk of developing lung problems if they get influenza
¡@¡Dchildren who have chronic heart or lung disorders, including asthma
¡@¡Dchildren who in the past year saw a doctor regularly or were hospitalized for chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, kidney disease,
¡@¡@severe anemia, or immune deficiency (including HIV/AIDS and immuno-suppression caused by drugs)
¡@¡Dchildren who live with someone in the high-risk group

Please take special notice that not everyone should get a flu shot. People who are severely allergic to eggs and egg products or healthy pregnant women who are not past the third month of pregnancy should not get the flu vaccine.


For additional information, please contact International Patient Center at 04-2481-9900 ext. 1995, call our English Information Hotline: 0963-175-765 or email mchan@mail.jah.org.tw

 
     

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