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Vaccination

Vaccination builds up your body’s natural immunity to a disease before you get sick and reduced the burden of infectious diseases. However, age, health conditions, or other factors may deem vaccination not suitable. Discuss your vaccination needs and suitability with Health Connexion resident doctors. The vaccinations are available at HealthConnexion.

WHAT IS IT

  • It is also known as the TDAP vaccine
  • Protects against diptheria, tetanus and pertussis (Whooping cough)


WHO IS IT FOR

  • Adults should be receiving the vaccine once every 10 years
  • Any adult in close proximity with an infant below 12 months of age, and more than 10 years out from their last TDAP vaccine
  • Before pregnancy, during the third trimester, or immediately after childbirth

WHAT IS IT

  • Chickenpox is a highly infectious viral illness that is caused by a herpes virus called varicella-zoster and spreads through direct contact or droplets from an infected person
     

WHO IS IT FOR

  • Children between 12-18 months
  • Non-immune healthcare workers
  • Women who are planning on getting pregnant
     

HOW MANY DOSES

  • 2 doses, 3 months apart for those below 13

WHAT IS IT

  • It Is a infectious viral respiratory illness more commonly known as “flu”
  • It is a markedly more severe condition than the common cold
  • Targets the respiratory tract in humans, causing an inflammatory response of the mucosal membranes
  • Transmission is via airborne droplets
     

WHO IS IT FOR

  • Adults aged 65 and above
  • Adults with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, asthma, diabetes, liver and kidney disease
  • Immunocompromised individuals
  • Adults receiving long term aspirin therapy
  • Women at all stages of pregnancy

HOW OFTEN

  • Once a year as the formulation is subject to review annually

Hepatitis A
 

WHAT IS IT

  • Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis A virus
  • It spreads by close contact with individuals infected with the virus or by eating food or drinking water contaminated with the virus
     

WHO IS IT FOR

  • International travellers
  • Those with chronic liver disease or HIV
  • Those who use injection or non-injection drugs
  • Liver Transplant patients
     

HOW MANY DOSES

  • 2 doses, 6 months apart


 

Hepatitis B


WHAT IS IT

  • Hepatitis B is a serious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis B virus
  • It spreads by close contact with individuals infected with the virus or by eating food or drinking water contaminated with the virus

WHO IS IT FOR

  • Sexually active individuals with multiple partners
  • Household contact with individuals with Hepatitis B
  • Individuals undergoing Haemodialysis

HOW MANY DOSES

  • 3 doses
  • 2nd dose: 1 month after 1st dose
  • 3rd dose: 6 months after 1st dose


 

Hepatitis A+B (Twinrix)


WHAT IS IT

  • Twinrix is a combination of Hepatitis A and B who those who lack immunity to both Hepatitis A and B
     

WHO IS IT FOR

  • International travellers
  • Males who have sexual contact with other males
  • Those diagnosed with chronic liver disease
  • Those who use injection or non-injection drugs

HOW MANY DOSES

  • 3 doses
  • 2nd dose: 1 month after 1st dose
  • 3rd dose: 6 months after 1st dose

WHAT IS IT

  • HPV, also known as Human Papillomavirus, is  a group of more than 100 different virus, grouped into high-risk (may cause cancer) and low-risk (non-cancer causing)
  • These viruses can lead to cervical or vaginal cancer in females, anal cancer and genital warts in males
     

WHO IS IT FOR

  • Those who are sexually active
  • Anyone above the aged of 9 years old, or whenever as advised by a doctor
     

HOW MANY DOSES

  • 2-3 doses depending on the HPV subtype  the vaccine is protecting against

WHAT IS IT

  • MMR stands for measles, mumps and rubella
  • Measles is caused by a virus that can be found in mucus and throat of an infected person which spreads through direct contact or bodily fluids of an infected person
  • Mumps is a highly contagious viral infection that causes pain and swelling to the parotid glands. It is spread by coughing, sneezing or any contact with bodily fluids of an infected person
  • Rubella is a disease spread by air or close contacted with an infected person and caused rashes


WHO IS IT FOR

  • All children when they turn 1, second dose when they are 15-18 months
  • Those who did not complete their childhood vaccination
  • Women who are planning on getting pregnant


HOW MANY DOSES

  • 2 doses

WHAT IS IT

  • Pneumococcal diseases causes a range of issues including ear infections and pneumonia
  • It can also cause meningitis and blood poisoning, also known as septicaemia


WHO IS IT FOR

  • People between the ages of 18 and 64
    • It is only recommended for adults with specific conditions. Do speak to your doctor to find out if you are eligible
  • People aged 65 and above
    • Two doses, each dose taken a year apart

WHAT IS IT

  • Shingles, also known as Herpes Zoster, is caused by the same virus that causes Chickenpox that causes painful, fluid filled blisters


WHO IS IT FOR

  • Adults aged 60 and above
  • Those with a past history of Shingles
  • Those are unsure if they have had chickenpox in the past
     

HOW MANY DOSES

  • 2 doses, 4 weeks apart