Influenza vaccine or flu vaccine is a vaccine that protects our bodies from influenza. Because the development of influenza viruses is very fast, a new version of this vaccine will appear twice a year, with effectiveness varying each year, most influenza vaccines provide moderate to high protection against influenza that you can get at Yishun clinic
The World Health Organization and Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention recommends that almost everyone over 6 months
get a flu vaccine every year. Especially for pregnant women, children between 6
months and 5 years, people with other conditions, and health care workers.
Why is it important to get an influenza vaccine?
Influenza is a serious disease that can cause
hospitalization and even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza
infection can affect everyone differently. Even healthy people can get very
sick from the flu and pass it on to others.
In the period of 31 seasons between 1976 and
2007, estimates of death related to flu ranged from around 3,000 to 49,000
people. During the recent flu season, between 80% -90% of flu deaths occur in
people aged 65 years and over.
Seasonal flu vaccine every year is the best step
to reduce the possibility of catching the flu and spreading it to others. As
more people are vaccinated against the flu, less flu spreads to the community.
Who should get influenza vaccine?
Various influenza vaccines are approved for people of various ages, but there are influenza vaccines that are approved for use only in people aged 6 months and over. Influenza vaccine is also approved for use in pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions in consultation with GP in Yishun
If the number of vaccines is limited,
vaccination should be focused on providing vaccinations to the following
Children aged 6 months to 4 years (59 months)
People aged 50 years and over
People with chronic lung disease (including
asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), kidney, liver, neurological,
hematological, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus)
People with immunosuppression (including
immunosuppression caused by treatment or HIV)
Women who are or will become pregnant during the
influenza season and women for up to 2 weeks after delivery
People who are 6 months to 18 years old and
receive long-term aspirin therapy and who can be at risk of Reye’s syndrome
after influenza virus infection
People living in nursing homes or other chronic