Date
24 January 2017
Flu season is back, so take precautions against the potentially deadly virus. Photo: HKEJ
Flu season is back, so take precautions against the potentially deadly virus. Photo: HKEJ

H3N2 flu active again, claims 16 lives in HK in 6 days

The deadly H3N2 influenza strain is active again in Hong Kong, killing 16 people from June 12-17, Apple Daily reported Friday, citing the Center for Health Protection (CHP).

During last winter’s peak flu season, nearly 500 patients died of H3N2.

The CHP warned that Hong Kong has entered the summer flu outbreak period.

A total of 23 patients with the virus were placed in intensive care units during the six days, of which 16 died.

None of those who died were children, the report said.

Children under five years old and elderly people above 65 are more prone to flu.

Professor David Hui Shu-cheong, head of respiratory medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said the city has introduced H3N2 vaccines for the elderly.

However, he said, since it can take two weeks after the vaccination for the body to produce antibodies against the virus, those with weak immune systems could still be infected during that period.

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