By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterThe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Tuesday urged people with chronic liver disease to be vaccinated against influenza as soon as possible, as a flu infection can worsen liver disease and might even cause liver failure. The centers’ disease monitoring statistics showed a total of 53,815 reported cases of flu-like illness last week, including eight people with serious flu complications, six of whom had not received flu vaccinations. People with diabetes or cardiovascular diseases have a higher risk of developing serious complications when they contract the flu, CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞) said. However, 6 percent of the cases with serious flu complications reported in the previous flu season involved people with chronic liver disease, so those people should also be aware of the increased risk, Lo said. People with chronic hepatitis B, hepatitis C, alcoholic hepatitis or fatty liver disease, regardless of age, are all eligible for government-funded flu vaccines, Lo said.
Source: Taipei Times December 07, 2017 15:56 UTC