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The Hong Kong Children’s Hospital 香港兒童醫院 Is Now Open

Here is what you should know about the Hong Kong Children’s Hospital. This is Hong Kong’s brand new children hospital and its opening on the 18 December 2018 marked an important step in Hong Kong’s healthcare development.   Background of the Hong Kong Children’s Hospital The decision to build the Hong Kong Children’s Hospital was made… Read More

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Afraid of Needles? Try the Only Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine in Hong Kong

FluMist Quadrivalent is the only type of Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (LAIC) available on the market in Hong Kong. It was once available from 2009 to 2013 but was discontinued after 2013. It was registered again in Hong Kong in April 2018. Due to the heavy burden of influenza and the high demand for flu… Read More

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Exclusive Tips to Successful Breastfeeding in Hong Kong | Interview with Top Expert

Rates of breastfeeding initiation have been on the rise in Hong Kong – more than 85% of women are now initiating breastfeeding. That being said, according to a 2017 Department of Health survey, at the six-month mark, 47% of Hong Kong mothers are breastfeeding but only 27.9% nursing exclusively.     Why the drop in… Read More

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The Best Breastfeeding Resources in Hong Kong

Whether you consider breastfeeding for just a few weeks or more than a year, arming yourself with knowledge and preparation is key to your success. Here are the most helpful resources for expecting and new mothers in Hong Kong.     Breastfeeding preparation before baby arrives One of the main reasons moms in Hong Kong… Read More

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Why Do Hong Kong Women Stop Breastfeeding Early?

Mothers in Hong Kong are breastfeeding more than ever. In 2016, nearly 87% of mothers initiated breastfeeding, up from 19% in 1981. Despite these successes, we still see a big drop in the number of women exclusively breastfeeding up to the recommended 6-month mark by the World Health Organization. We at Healthy Matters reviewed the… Read More

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Haven’t Received Your Flu Shot Yet? Read This Now

The flu is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. On January 28, 2019 a 2-year-old boy was the first child fatality of the Hong Kong winter influenza season. While it is still too early to tell whether the flu season will be more severe this year, it is not too… Read More

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Eye Tests for Children | When and Where to Go in Hong Kong

Vision is a crucial part of learning and developing as children grow and explore their world. A child’s visual system grows and develops from being able to see in fuzzy black and white as a newborn to fully mature at the age of eight. So, at what age should children first visit an eye expert… Read More

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The Expert Guide to Orthodontic Care in Hong Kong

Looking for an orthodontist in Hong Kong? Here is your guide to Hong Kong orthodontic treatments. Dentistry is a broad medical field with a goal to improve oral health, but there are differences between dentists and orthodontists. The main point to remember is that orthodontists specialize in specific treatments like correcting misaligned teeth and jaws… Read More

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