Vaccination Clinic

Find out more about National Healthcare Group Polyclinics (NHGP) Vaccination Clinic.

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Need to set up a vaccination appointment? NHGP offers a wide range of recommended vaccinations for statutory check-ups, travel and general well-being of the individuals to protect against common diseases. These include:

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 for one month after vaccination.

The vaccine consists of two doses which are given six weeks apart.

Related: Signs and Symptoms of Chickenpox

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 one dose is required and it takes two weeks for protection to develop after vaccination. Children who have not been vaccinated previously against influenza will require two doses with an interval of four 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.

Related: FIGHT The Spread For Those You Love

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 two doses which are given six months apart.

Related: What Causes Hepatitis A?

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 three doses over a period of six 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 results. If your screening was done more than six months before, you will be required to undergo the test again before vaccination can be given.

Hepatitis A and B Combined Vaccine

Alternatively, you may wish to have the combined Hepatitis A and 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 and B vaccination schedule is the same as that of Hepatitis B vaccination.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine (Cervarix)

There are two types of HPV vaccines available in Singapore: Gardasil and Cervarix.

Only Cervarix is available in NHGP polyclinics. Cervarix is a vaccine indicated in females from nine 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 three doses and is MediSave payable (current MediSave limits apply).

Related: Signs and Symptoms of HPV Infection

Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine

Meningococcal meningitis is a bacterial brain infection. The meningococcal vaccination is required for Haj pilgrims and is also recommended prior to your travel to endemic areas such as Saudi Arabia and parts of Africa.

The vaccination protects against ACWY strains and one dose is required every three years.

Related: What is Meningococcal Meningitis?

Pneumococcal 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. One to two doses are required (depending on when the first dose is taken). High-risk individuals may use MediSave to pay for this vaccine.

Related: Signs and Symptoms of Pneumococcal Infection

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 one dose is required every three years.

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

General Advice for Travellers

If you are planning a trip overseas, you are encouraged to refer to http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ to find out the recommended vaccinations for the country you are visiting. If your trip is of a more extensive nature, you may want to discuss the required/recommended vaccinations as well as travel health advice for the activities you are planning for your holiday with a travel health doctor. This service is available at the Travellers’ Clinics in most hospitals.

It is ideal that you schedule your vaccination appointment four to six 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 two to three 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 visit the MFA website.

Related: Travel Medicine and Vaccination

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