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Seasonal Influenza Vaccination is Available on October 1st

Seasonal Influenza Vaccination is Available on October 1st

1. Introduction to Influenza Virus
Influenza or flu is the acute respiratory diseases caused by influenza viruses. It may cause serious complications and even lead to death for the high-risk groups, such as the elderly, young children or those with chronic diseases. Influenza differs from the common cold, where the course of the flu persists longer and sometimes it can be complicated by pneumonia, which may even lead to death. Influenza vaccination is recognized worldwide as the most effective method for preventing influenza virus, which has been used for 65 years. Because flu viruses are constantly changing and the body’s immunity to influenza viruses declines in 6 months, getting vaccinated every year provides the best protection against influenza throughout flu season.

2. Who should get vaccinated in 2014?
A. People 65 years and older.
B. Children aged 6 months through 12 years of age.
C. Health care and public health personnel.
D. Poultry farmers and animal health inspectors.
E. People with major illnesses/injuries or rare disease.
F. Residents and personnel at nursing institutes.
G. Household registration in Taipei elderly age 60-64 and 55-64 years old aborigines.
H. People between the ages of 50 and 64 with high risk chronic diseases.
I. Pregnant woman with maternal health booklet.
J. Starting from January 1, 2015, vaccination service opens for reservation for people under 50 years old with high risk chronic diseases.
*Please present ID card, National Health Insurance card, Child Health Handbook and relevant certificates.

3. Where can I get a flu vaccine?
Contracted medical institutions of Taipei City and the outpatient department of 12 branches of Taipei City Hospital.

4. Who should not be vaccinated?
A. People who have a severe allergy to eggs, or any other ingredients in the vaccine. B. Infants younger than 6 months. C. People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination. D. People who have been deemed medically unfit for vaccination by a physician. E. People who have a fever or acute disease should wait until they recover before getting vaccinated.



Influenza vaccination is available on October 1st.
Influenza vaccination is available on October 1st.

Against influenza, we have the "protective shield".
Against influenza, we have the "protective shield".

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  • Updated: 2015/1/21 09:17
  • Reviewed: 2015/1/21 09:17

  • Source: Department of Health, Taipei City Government