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Age / Elders people aged 65 or above

Elders people aged 65 or above

Everyone will grow old. Normal ageing brings about changes in the body and the mind, but many symptoms are not normal and may be due to diseases, which can be treated or remedied. Therefore the elderly and carers should learn about normal ageing, so as to be prepared and to distinguish between disease and normal ageing, and seek proper and early treatment for diseases.1

 

 

Influenza vaccine2

Influenza can be a serious illness to the weak and frail or elderly people, and may be complicated by bronchitis, chest infection or even death.

Influenza can cause serious illnesses in high-risk individuals and even healthy persons. Given that seasonal influenza vaccines are safe and effective, all persons aged 6 months or above except those with known contraindications are recommended to receive influenza vaccine for personal protection.

Vaccination Subsidy Scheme is available for specific groups of residents. Children between the age of 6 months and less than 12 years, and persons aged 50 years or above are subsidized by the government to receive a flu shot from enrolled private doctors.

 

Pneumococcal vaccine3

Streptococcus pneumoniae causes a wide range of diseases, more common ones include middle ear infection (acute otitis media) and chest infection (pneumonia). It may also cause various forms of invasive pneumococcal diseases (IPD), such as infection of the brain membranes (meningitis) and blood stream (bacteraemia and sepsis). The infection can be serious or even life-threatening.

Elders aged 65 years or above should also get pneumococcal vaccination. They may get either free or subsidised pneumococcal vaccines under the "Government Vaccination Programme" or "Vaccination Subsidy Scheme".

 

Reference:

  1. Department of Health. Elderly Health Service. Ageing. 5 March 2018. [ONLINE] https://www.elderly.gov.hk/english/healthy_ageing/normal_ageing/ageing.html Accessed on 21 Apr 2021.
  2. Centre for Health Protection. Communicable diseases – Seasonal Influenza. 24 April 2020. [ONLINE] https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/healthtopics/content/24/29.html Accessed on 21 Apr 2021. 
  3. Centre for Health Protection. Communicable diseases – Pneumococcal Infection. 5 July 2019. [ONLINE] https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/healthtopics/content/24/10584.html Accessed on 21 Apr 2021. 

 

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