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 Post subject: Re: Taiwan
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 2:10 pm 
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http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_ ... 1201030039

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Taipei, Jan. 3 (CNA) The Department of Health (DOH) announced Tuesday it was upgrading influenza prevention measures by expanding government distributions of antiviral medications, after the flu virus claimed three more lives last week.

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 Post subject: Re: Taiwan
PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:32 pm 
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Number of flu cases on rise: CDC
2014/01/06 23:04:18

The CDC's weekly flu monitoring data showed that in the 52nd week (Dec. 22-28) of 2013, the number of flu cases continued to climb, with the most common virus the H3N2 flu, and sporadic cases of H1N1 and influenza Type B.

The number of outpatient visitors also rose.

Both H1N1, also known as swine flu, and H3N2 are type A influenzas.

Chou Jih-haw, the CDC's deputy director general, said Taiwan's flu season has begun, and could reach a peak around the beginning of the new Lunar New Year, which falls on Jan. 31 this year.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:04 am 
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Arrival of peak flu season brings CDC shot warning

By Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter

The peak of the influenza season has arrived and parents of young children, especially those in the three-to-six age group, should have them vaccinated against the disease, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday.

The CDC said 1.52 percent of outpatient visits last week were attributable to influenza-like illness, a 16.9 percent increase over the 1.3 percent rate the week before.

Emergency room visits attributable to influenza-like illnesses rose by 19 percent to 12.6 percent of all visits, compared with the previous week, it said.

There were 27 confirmed cases of flu-related complications last week, seven more than were reported a week earlier, it said.

The increasing numbers suggest that the country is entering the peak flu season, officials said.

The CDC influenza surveillance data show that as of yesterday, a total of 259 confirmed cases of flu-related complications have been reported in the current flu season, amounting to an incidence of 11.1 cases of influenza-related complication per 1 million people.

There have been 19 deaths, or a rate of 0.8 deaths per million.

Young children, the elderly and people with chronic illness the high-risk groups, and should get their flu shots as soon as possible, the agency said.

The annual flu vaccination program began in October last year and as of yesterday, 2.77 million shots have been administered.

However, the lowest vaccination rate was for children between the ages of three and six.

The incidence of flu-related complications among this age group is 7.6 per million according to the centers’ disease surveillance data, just behind that of the group most susceptible to influenza — people 50 years and older, the CDC said.

Since children under the age of nine need to receive two doses of the vaccine to be immunized, parents should arrange for them to be innoculated immediately, the agency said.


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 Post subject: Re: Taiwan
PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:45 pm 
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Public encouraged to get flu shots as cases mount
The China Post news staff
January 29, 2014, 12:08 am

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Doctors yesterday called for people to receive influenza vaccination injections soon as the reported cases of flu rocketed in this month.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are 201 severe cases of influenza so far, which is 20 times the amount as of last January. The next peak of flu cases will possibly occur during Chinese New Year, and the second peak after March, said National Taiwan University Hospital physician Huang Li-min, who stressed that senior citizens and children below 5 should be injected with the quadrivalent influenza vaccines first, which offers a larger scope of protection.

Vaccinations that offer complete protection from influenzas A and B are available in Taipei currently. The CDC is providing quadrivalent influenza vaccinations, which the citizens have to pay for and are more expensive than the previous types. Despite the differences in price, people are still encouraged to be vaccinated as the injection provides year-long protection.

Huang pointed out that despite 90 percent of the government-funded flu vaccinations were injected last year, the number of cases continues to mount as there are three types of influenza going around this year, as opposed the commonly-seen one type infections. Usually, the second type of virus starts to spread only after Chinese New Year.

The three types of influenza spreading with the arrival of 2014 are influenza A subtypes H3N2, H1N1 and influenza B lineage Victoria; all of which having fired up as people's immune systems weakened after the flu infection had decreased two years ago, said Huang.

People can differentiate which type of virus they are infected with by the symptoms; influenza B causes soreness and pain in the calves, but the main symptoms tend to be similar, said Huang. There are more patients with influenza A than influenza B, and caused the majority of complications and deaths, but doctors are still warning people to take caution regarding influenza B.

Chinese New Year will be a time when the viruses spread rapidly as people gather together for meals and conversation, so it would be the best if one attends the family gatherings well-prepared.


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 Post subject: Re: Taiwan
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:15 pm 
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13 people die of flu in two weeks: CDC
Central News Agency
2014-02-11 09:31 PM

Taipei, Feb. 11 (CNA) Taiwan reported 256 new flu cases within the last two weeks, including H3N2, H1N1 and type B strains, resulting in 13 fatalities, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday. The CDC said the oldest victim was 84 years old, while the youngest, a 3-year-old girl from central Taiwan, died just two days after developing symptoms. She was also the youngest flu case recorded this year, the CDC said, adding that the other patients who died were around 50 years old and had various underlying conditions. According to the CDC's flu monitoring data, 16.5 percent of patients who visited hospital emergency rooms between Feb. 2 and Feb. 8 showed flu symptoms and 37.1 percent of those who reported to local clinics tested positive for flu, higher than the number recorded in the week before the Chinese New Year holiday. The data shows that the majority had contracted H3N2, although the numbers of patients with H1N1 and type B were on the rise. A total of 803 flu cases with 39 deaths were reported between July last year and this February, compared with 30 fatalities among 330 flu patients during the same period of last year, the CDC said. (By Chen Ching-fang and Maia Huang)


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 Post subject: Re: Taiwan
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CDC denies over 4,000 flu and pneumonia patients have died
By Joy Lee ,The China Post
February 18, 2014, 12:19 am TWN

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday denied reports stating that over 4,000 people died from flu and pneumonia within the 15 weeks between last October and this January,

According to the CDC, the number of deceased in the reports not only included people who died from flu and pneumonia but also people who passed away due to a viral infection, cancers, immune system-related diseases, chemical and physical injuries.

The CDC said that from last July to this February, there have been 926 people confirmed to suffer from flu and 45 flu-related deaths, including those who died from pneumonia and other flu-related complications.

Ku Shih-chi (古世基), a doctor at National Taiwan University Hospital's thoracic department, said that since the fall season, the number of flu and pneumonia patients visiting the hospital has increased rapidly.

“Compared to the number of patients who visited the hospital with similar symptoms at the same time last year, the number was still greater this year,” said Ku.

Among all the complications that can result from flu, Ku said, pneumonia is the main cause of death for flu patients.

“Pneumococcus is the main fatal bacteria among all pneumonia, so I am worried that another wave of pneumococcus might take place in the following weeks,” said Ku.

According to Ku, pneumococcus tends to worsen during the peak flu season, so in the past years, the number of people being affected by pneumococcus increased by 10 to 30 percent averagely.

“However, due to the outbreak of flu this year, the number of confirmed pneumococcus cases nearly doubled around the time of the Chinese New Year holiday,” said Ku. “And that number increase went over the CDC's warning line of monitoring diseases.”

Ku said that based on the National Health Insurance's statistics from 2012, over 25 percent of patients who were flu patients and had complications from pneumonia were those who were over 50 years old.

According to Ku, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice suggested that people who are over 65 years old and people who are over 50 years old and are categorized as high risk group should have pneumococcal conjugate vaccination in order to reduce the risk of being affected, and the vaccination can remain effective for ten years in human bodies.


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 Post subject: Re: Taiwan
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Wed, Dec 10, 2014
CDC widens availability of free influenza treatments
By Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter

Amid rising numbers of respiratory infections nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday made government-funded antiviral agents targeting influenza viruses available to people with a fever lasting longer than 48 hours and whose families, colleagues or classmates have been infected with a flu-like virus.

CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) announced the new policy — which took effect on Monday last week and is to be valid until Mar. 31 — at the agency’s regular news conference in Taipei yesterday afternoon.

Prior to the new rule, nine categories of people were eligible for the treatments, which include Relenza and Tamiflu: severe complicated influenza cases; pregnant women; influenza patients with dangerous symptoms; people with major illnesses, immunodeficiency or chronic diseases; overweight people; clustered cases of flu infections; people diagnosed with novel influenza A virus infection; people at high risk of influenza A virus infection or who have had close contact with infected individuals; and people hired to cull animals infected with influenza.

People who are not included in the eligible list typically pay about NT$1,000 for a five-day prescription of Tamiflu.

“According to the centers’ surveillance statistics, a total of 51 severe, complicated influenza cases have been reported between Aug. 1 and Monday, with 14 being fatal,” Chuang said.

Chuang said the nation’s peak influenza period generally falls between the end of this month and March, and that the numbers of flu cases in Japan, northern China, the US and Canada have also been climbing.

He urged people who experience typical respiratory infection symptoms, including shortness of breath, blood sputum, thickened phlegm or a fever lasting longer than 48 hours, to wear a facial mask and seek medical attention.


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