Use of avian influenza vaccination in Hong Kong

Dev Biol (Basel). 2006;124:133-43.


Outbreaks of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) that occurred in Hong Kong up until February/March 2002 were controlled by stamping out. With endemic presence of the virus in the region and large daily importation of poultry to Hong Kong, the Administration considered that further risk management measures, in addition to improved biosecurity and enhanced surveillance, were necessary to prevent outbreaks. Vaccination using a killed H5N2 vaccine was evaluated over a 12-month period in the district with the last HPAI cases in the early 2002 outbreak. The vaccination trial showed that farmer-administered killed H5N2 vaccine produced suitable flock antibody responses; vaccinated birds were protected against H5N1 HPAI virus challenge and excreted significantly less H5N1 virus; and vaccination was able to control virus excretion in flocks during field outbreaks. Universal vaccination of local chicken farms was introduced in June 2003 and by the end of 2003 all chickens entering the live poultry markets in Hong Kong were vaccinated by killed H5N2 vaccine. In addition to vaccination, an enhanced biosecurity programme on farms and in live poultry markets and a comprehensive surveillance programme in poultry, wild birds, recreation park birds and pet birds were in place. Vaccination use and performance is closely monitored. This programme was successful in protecting local farms and live poultry markets from H5N1 outbreaks during the regional H5N1 outbreaks in 2004.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Viral / blood
  • Disease Outbreaks / veterinary*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Hong Kong / epidemiology
  • Influenza A Virus, H5N1 Subtype / pathogenicity*
  • Influenza A Virus, H5N2 Subtype / immunology*
  • Influenza Vaccines / immunology
  • Influenza in Birds / epidemiology*
  • Influenza in Birds / prevention & control*
  • Mass Vaccination / methods
  • Mass Vaccination / veterinary*
  • Poultry


  • Antibodies, Viral
  • Influenza Vaccines