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Get Your Government-funded Flu Shot While Stocks Last

flu     There are only about 500 shots of the Taipei City Government-funded Influenza vaccine for toddlers (aged 6 months to 3 years old) available. Eligible applicants should take this last opportunity to receive the shot while the stock still lasts. 
     Approximately 5000 shots of adult (0.5ml) Influenza vaccine have been distributed mainly to Taipei City Hospitals (with the exception of Songde Branch) for the convenience of the public. Other locations with available vaccines include: Taipei Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan Adventist Hospital, Taipei Medical University Hospital, Mackay Memorial Hospital, Taipei Municipal Wanfang Hospital, Tri-Service General Hospital, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei Municipal Gan-Dau Hospital, and Xinmin Medical Center.
     The Department of Health urges eligible students who have not been vaccinated to bring their National Health Insurance Card and IDs (ID card, Children’s Health Booklet, household certificate, birth certificate, or Alien Resident Certificate, etc.). Students should bring their supplement vaccination notice with them. To prevent a needless trip, please call the contracted hospital before your vaccination visit to inquire about availability and schedule.
     As the flu outbreak in the country is expected to reach its peak around Chinese New Year, data from the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Centers for Disease Control shows that the percentage of emergency room visits for para-influenza treatment in four weeks reached an average of 9.9% nationwide, and the average was 10.8% in Taipei City, which is close to the warning level of 11.5%. According to Taipei City's school influenza reported cases in the 52nd week (December 23 to December 29, 2018), 1,429 people were reported infected. A total of 1,489 cases were reported in the same period in the previous year. The number of influenza immunocompromised patients reported has gradually increased. The public should strengthen their immunity against the influenza virus. 
     Other than vaccination, individuals should be aware of hand hygiene and cover their mouth when coughing. Anyone with para-influenza symptoms should wear a mask and visit a doctor. Patients should rest at home to prevent spreading the disease.
     For related information about influenza vaccination, please visit the Taipei City Government Department of Health website (Chinese) at https://health.gov.taipei/ and refer to Key Service -> Communicable Diseases Control -> Seasonal Influenza Vaccination. The public may also call the 1999 Citizens Hotline or any of the district health service centers in Taipei.