Push for national kids’ flu vax program

Dr Clayton Chiu, a public health physician at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, conducted a comparative analysis of influenza rates between 1995—98 and 2005—08, using the National Hospital Morbidity Database. He found hospitalisation rates for children under five increased by 11% during the period. 

“For all the age groups, particularly the elderly group, we saw a significant drop (since the national influenza vaccination program for older