The 2018/2019 Guide to Flu Vaccination in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, the flu is most common from January to March and from July to August. It is recommended by the Department of Health that flu vaccinations should be received every year in autumn. Getting vaccinated early on can be beneficial as the body needs at least two weeks to produce the antibodies necessary to protect against the virus.
 
The most common flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle pain, fatigue, and headache. The flu is highly contagious and is spread through contact with infected people through droplets transferred via coughing, sneezing, and talking.
 
Where to get flu shots in Hong Kong and how much does it cost? Here is Healthy Matters’ 2018/2019 guide to influenza vaccination covering both public and private sectors.
 
 

Public sector flu vaccination options in Hong Kong

The Department of Health has introduced new subsidy schemes and free vaccine services for 2018/19 to the communities most at risk.
 
Free flu vaccination – $0
The government provides free seasonal influenza vaccinations to eligible Hong Kong residents under the Government Vaccination Programme (GVP) 2018/19 most recently launched on October 24, 2018. Vaccination is free for underprivileged residents who are at risk. See full list here.
 
The government will also provide an immunisation programme for children. The “Childhood Immunisation Programme” provides free immunisation to children and the 2018/19 School Outreach Vaccination Pilot Programme encapsulates outreach vaccination services under the existing VSS to provide free seasonal influenza vaccination to children at schools for 2018/19 school year.
 
Subsidised flu vaccination – $210
The Department of Health has also introduced new subsidy schemes for 2018/19 to the communities most at risk: Government Vaccination Programme (GVP) 2018/19. Eligible Hong Kong residents are: persons aged 50 or above, children ages 6 months to 12 years, persons with chronic medical problems, and pregnant women.
 
The Vaccine Subsidy Scheme is available to eligible people as indicated above through public routes and through private doctors who are enrolled. For a list of private providers and costs visit the directory here. The subsidy has been increased to $210 per dose.
 
 
Vaccination Office (Centre for Health Protection, Department of Health)
Hotline: 2125 2125
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9am-5:30pm. No service on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday.
 
Hospital Authority (Government Vaccination Programme)
Hotline: 2300 6555
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:45am-5:45pm. No service on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday.
Website: www.ha.org.hk, for info on general outpatient practitioners clinics (GOPCs) offering the vaccine refer here and here, check the website for specialised outpatient practitioner clinics (SOCPs) here.
 
Family Health Service (Department of Health)
Hotline: 2112 9900 to access the addresses and telephone numbers of Maternal and Child Health Centres who can provide vaccinations for children.
 
 

Private sector flu vaccination options in Hong Kong

Check with your general practitioner, pediatrician or gynecologist-obstetrician for flu vaccinations in the private sector. On HK Island, prices vary between $250 and $500 for the vaccine and the clinic may charge a medical consultation fee in addition to the vaccine dose especially if it is your first visit. First-time consultation fees vary tremendously according to the doctor’s specialty and location.
 
Here are some hospital examples
 

Hospitals

Locations

Adults

Children

Adventist HK

Stubbs Rd

$360 (vaccine + consult)

$360 (vaccine + consult)

Adventist TW

Tsuen Wan

$220 (vaccine) + $190 (consult)

$220 (vaccine) + $450 (consult)

Canossa (Caritas)

Mid Levels

$440 (vaccine + consult) during office hours

$290 (vaccine) + $400 (consult) after office hours

$440 (vaccine + consult) during office hours

$290 (vaccine) + $400 (consult) after office hours

Gleneagles

Wong Chuk Hang

$200 (vaccine) + $320 before 8pm, $380 after 8pm (consult)

$420 per package (vaccine + consult)

Matilda

Peak

Caine Rd Clinic

$410 (vaccine) + $590 (consult)

$297 (vaccine) + $300 (consult)

$410 (vaccine) + $590 (consult)

$297 (vaccine) + $300 (consult)

Sanatorium

Happy Valley

$440 (vaccine + consult)

$440 (vaccine + consult)

Union

Shatin

$460 (vaccine + consult)

$430 (vaccine + consultat)

 
 
Here are some clinic examples
 
Where: Check locations here.
How much: $388 for the vaccine (no consultations for adults); for children a doctor consultation fee of HK$1500 is required.
 
Where: Check locations here.
How much for Adults: $260 for the vaccine (HSBC staff have 15% off) + $80 for consultation (which may not be needed).
How much for children: $0 under the subsidy scheme + $80 consultation fee
 
 

Your child is afraid of needles and you wish to avoid an injection?

The FluMist vaccine is also available in Hong Kong. This live influenza vaccine is an intranasal spray and is given as a nose spray to both nostrils. It is only approved for children 2 and above, and those who do not have current or a history of wheezing or suppressed immune system. You should discuss side effects and efficacy with your doctor. 
 
One of the clinics that provides FluMist is Children 818
For existing patients: $750 for the vaccine and no consultation fee is required
For new patients: $800 for the vaccine + $1,200 for consultation
 
 
This article was independently written by Healthy Matters and not sponsored. It is informative only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.