1.63 mil. received free flu shots under program


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Some 1.63 million Taiwanese people have received free flu shots this month under an annual government-funded flu inoculation program targeting vulnerable groups, an official of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday.

The target of this year’s program, which began on Oct. 1, includes senior citizens aged 65 and older, residents and workers of nursing homes, children between the ages of six months and three years, and first through fourth graders at elementary schools.

Also targeted are patients suffering from rare diseases, serious illnesses or injuries, disease prevention and control personnel at medical and health care institutions, workers in the poultry and livestock industries, and animal disease control and prevention personnel.

CDC Deputy Director-General Lin Ting said that it is estimated that at least 3 million people are entitled to receive the flu shots.