Stocks of flu shots dwindle

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 25, 2020
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei speaks at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

People eligible for government-funded influenza vaccines should get their shot as soon as possible, as more than 90 percent of the doses procured for this flu season have been used and fewer than 300,000 remain, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday.

Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said that 39,676 hospital visits for flu-like illness were reported last week, about 1.3 percent more than the previous week.

However, while the weekly case numbers are rising, they are still lower than the 72,428 visits in the same week last year, Guo said.

Among clustered respiratory infections and flu-like illness reported in the past four weeks, 14 clusters were caused by respiratory syncytial virus infections, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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