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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.

The Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine is the sixth vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization for emergency use with its quality, safety and efficacy validated. To help more stay safe and protected against COVID-19, Farrer Park Hospital has received approval to administer the vaccine under the Special Access Route. If you would like to receive the vaccine, register your interest and we will get in touch.


What is the Sinopharm COVID-19 Vaccine?

  • The Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine – scientifically known as SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (VeroCell) – is an inactivated vaccine against COVID-19. Unlike Pfizer-BioNTech/Cominarty or Moderna mRNA vaccines where weakened or inactivated germs are used, the Sinopharm vaccine is made of inactivated virus. Once introduced into the body, the immune system starts to produce antibodies that fight against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
  • The Sinopharm vaccine is adjuvanted with aluminium hydroxide to boost the response of the immune system. 

Who is the Sinopharm COVID-19 Vaccine for?

  • Adults aged 18 and above
  • Persons who have no known history of anaphylaxis

How many doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 Vaccine is required?

  • The WHO recommends two doses (0.5 ml) to be administered intramuscularly
  • Interval of 3-4 weeks between first and second dose


Register for the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine here.

Reference:
World Health Organization. 2021. COVID-19 Vaccine Explainer: COVID-19 Vaccine (Vero Cell), Inactivated (Sinopharm). Retrieved from: https://www.who.int/publications/m/item/sinopharm-vero-cell---inactivated-covid-19-vaccine

What is the Boostrix vaccine?

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

Who is the Boostrix vaccine 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 the Chickenpox (Varicella) vaccine?

  • 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 the Chickenpox (Varicella) vaccine 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 the Flu (Influenza) vaccine?

  • 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 the Flu (Influenza) vaccine 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 must the Flu (Influenza) vaccine be taken?

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

What is the Hepatitis A vaccine?

  • 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 the Hepatitis A vaccine for?

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

How many doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine are there?

  • 2 doses, 6 months apart


 

What is the Hepatitis B vaccine?


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 the Hepatitis B vaccine for?

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

How many doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine are there?

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


 

What is the Hepatitis A+B (Twinrix) vaccine?

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

Who is the Hepatitis A+B (Twinrix) vaccine 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 of the Hepatitis A+B (Twinrix) vaccine are there?

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

What is the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine?

  • 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 the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine for?

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

How many doses of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine are there?

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

What is the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine?

  • 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 the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine 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 of the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine are there?

  • 2 doses

What is the Pneumococcal Vaccine?

  • 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 the Pneumococcal Vaccine 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 administered a year apart

What is the Shingles Vaccine?

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

Who is the Shingles Vaccine 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 of the Shingles Vaccine are there?

  • 2 doses, administered 4 weeks apart