By Mo Yan-chin, staff reporter
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday promoted the efficacy of flu shots against a seasonal flu outbreak and instructed the Cabinet to step up its efforts to encourage the public to get vaccinated against influenza because the outbreak of seasonal flu and A(H1N1) remained strong.
In a video clip posted on his Facebook page, Ma called on the public to cooperate with the Department of Health’s (DOH) instructions and get vaccinated to prevent further outbreaks of seasonal flu.
“It is especially important for children under six years old to get vaccinated. Every life is valuable, and a flu shot remains the most effective way to prevent seasonal flu,” he said.
Ma said during an outbreak of A(H1N1) two years ago, about 25 percent of the nation’s population got flu shots, which has effectively kept the situation under control. The public should be vaccinated this year as well, the president said.