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Influenza (commonly known as flu) is a communicable disease which can potentially lead to severe respiratory complications, hospitalisations and sometimes even death.
There are multiple brands of influenza/flu vaccinations, Depending on the season, we at Intemedical (Kovan) Clinic always carry the most updated QUADRIVALENT (4-STRAINS) influenza vaccination that is MOH approved.
As the seasonal influenza strains change every half yearly or yearly, we recommend annual flu jab to keep yourself protected against the most common (seasonal) influenza strains for both adults and children.
The difference between the northern and the southern flu vaccines are the strains of the influenza virus that are included in the vaccine. However, most of the time, the northern and southern strains are similar, hence there's only a need to take one of the two influenza vaccines, once every year instead of 6-monthly, unless otherwise advised.
It takes about 2 weeks for the vaccination antibodies to develop and provide protection. Get vaccinated early before the flu virus begin spreading in the community.
Those at risk of serious flu complications should get vaccinated. Who is recommended to get the flu shot? Under our National Immunisation Schedule Guidelines, flu vaccination is recommended for the following groups of individuals:
Adult - 18-64 years old: Recommended for adults with specific medical condition such as Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, chronic neurologic, liver, haematologic disorder or immunosuppression. - 65 years and older: 1 dose annually - Pregnant ladies: 1 dose for the pregnancy
Children - Annual vaccination per season for all children age 6 months to 5 years old
All Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents who meet the criteria for influenza vaccination are eligible for subsidies and tap on Medisave to pay the balance.
The influenza vaccine price can range from $0 to $35 in our clinic, depending on the subsidy scheme used.
Do note that Intemedical Kovan is also a CHAS clinic and can attend to your acute and chronic medical needs. We are very comfortable with paediatric care of all ages as well so feel free to bring your child in if for assessment of their health needs if required. Our clinic has various health screening packages available so feel free to contact us should you need any help.
Intemedical Kovan is open from 8am to 12am daily. Please contact us at:
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