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Vaccination Clinic

  
Vaccination Clinic at National Healthcare Group Polyclinics (NHGP) offers a broad range of optional vaccines to help combat vaccine-preventable diseases:


Chickenpox Vaccine

Chickenpox (also known as "Varicella") is a common childhood disease. It is usually mild, but can be serious in young infants and older adults. The chickenpox virus spreads from person to person through the air, or by contact with the fluid from the blisters on the body. 

Some people will still catch chickenpox despite being vaccinated. However, the disease will be a mild form with few blisters, compared to people who have not had the vaccine. 

Chickenpox vaccination should be used with caution if you come in regular contact with pregnant women (who have never had chickenpox or have never received vaccination), or people with a weak immune system. This is because the vaccine can cause (although rare) small spots and blisters which are infectious to appear on the body. 

Women who are pregnant should not receive the chickenpox vaccine. Pregnancy should also be avoided 3 months after each vaccination. 

Children between 1 and 12 years of age require 1 dose only, while adults and adolescents from 13 years onwards require 2 doses with the interval of 6 to 10 weeks.


Influenza Vaccine

Influenza is a contagious disease caused by the influenza virus, spread by coughing, sneezing or nasal secretions. 

The influenza vaccine protects against influenza. There are many different types of influenza viruses, and the circulating strains change constantly; hence an annual vaccination is recommended. Only 1 dose is required and it takes 2 weeks for protection to develop after vaccination. Children who have not been vaccinated previously against influenza will require 2 doses with the interval of 4 weeks. 

The influenza vaccine is recommended for the elderly, frequent travellers and patients with diabetes, chronic heart disease or respiratory ailments. 

High risk individuals may use medisave to pay for this vaccine.


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. 

Hepatitis A vaccination can prevent Hepatitis A. Although not compulsory, blood screening for Hepatitis A virus may be done prior to vaccination. The vaccination consists of 2 doses which are given 6 months apart.


Hepatitis B Vaccine

The Hepatitis B virus causes Hepatitis B, which is another type of serious liver disease. It spreads through contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected person. 

Hepatitis B vaccination can prevent the disease and its serious consequences, including liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. The vaccination is given in 3 doses over a period of 6 months. Some people may need a fourth dose (or more) to build up adequate immunity to the disease. 

Pre-vaccination Hepatitis B screening is compulsory. If you have had Hepatitis B screening done, please bring along your blood test result. If your screening was done more than 6 months before, you will be required to undergo the test again before vaccination can be given.


Hepatitis A & B Combined Vaccine

Alternatively, you may wish to have the combined Hepatitis A & B vaccine. This vaccine offers convenience by protecting you against both viruses. Pre-vaccination Hepatitis B screening is needed before you can receive this vaccination. 

The combined Hepatitis A & B vaccination schedule is the same as that of Hepatitis B vaccination.


Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine (Cervarix)

There are 2 types of HPV vaccines available in Singapore - Gardasil and Cervarix. 

Only Cervarix is available in our polyclinics. Cervarix is a vaccine indicated in females from 9 to 25 years of age for the prevention of persistent infection and cervical cancer caused by HPV Types 16 and 18. 

The vaccine is given in 3 doses and is medisave payable (current medisave limits apply).


Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine

Meningococcal vaccination is required for Haj pilgrims and is also recommended prior to your travel to endemic areas. The vaccination protects against ACWY strains and only 1 dose is required.


Pneumococca 23-valent Vaccine

Pneumococcal infection is a bacterial infection that is spread by coughing, sneezing and contact with nasal fluids. Signs of infection include high fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If the brain is infected, there may be headaches and confusion. 

Pneumococcal vaccination is recommended for all persons with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, heart and pulmonary diseases and for elderly people above 65 years of age. High risk individuals may use medisave to pay for this vaccine.


Tetanus Vaccine

Tetanus is a disease caused by the bacteria, Clostridium tetani. You can get tetanus if dirt or manure gets into a cut or wound. Animal bites are also a rare tetanus hazard. 

It is advisable to vaccinate against tetanus if you have not had the vaccine in the last 10 years and are going to remote areas where medical care is not easily accessible.


Typhoid Vaccine

Typhoid fever is caused by the bacteria Salmonella Typhii. People who get typhoid usually become carriers who can spread the disease to others. Most people get typhoid from contaminated food and water. The typhoid vaccine protects you from this disease. Only 1 dose is required every 3 years. 

The current typhoid vaccine available in NHGP is suitable for adults and children above 5 years of age



Vaccination Schedule

  
  
Vaccination Schedule
Special Considerations

Some vaccines are not safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women. You are also advised to avoid pregnancy for 3 months after most vaccinations. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding and want to receive a particular vaccine.


General Advice for Travellers


If you are planning a trip overseas, you are encouraged to refer to http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ for the recommended vaccinations for the country you are visiting.  If your trip is of a more extensive nature, you may want to discuss with a travel health doctor on the required/recommended vaccinations as well as travel health advice for the activities you are planning for your holiday. This service is available at the Travelers’ Clinics in most hospitals.
 
It is ideal that you schedule your appointment 4 to 6 weeks before your planned departure date. Most vaccines take time to become effective and some vaccines must be given in a series and will offer you protection only after 2 to 3 doses. Parents are advised to accompany their children and teenagers for vaccination appointments.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) encourages travellers to e-register themselves before travel. For more information and advice to travellers, please click here to access the website of the MFA.