The Havrix vaccine protects against the hepatitis A infection which is very common in many parts of the world, including Asia, India, Africa, Central and South America, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East and the Mediterranean basin. The best way to prevent hepatitis A is to get vaccinated. For more information about hepatitis A, click here.
The Engerix-B vaccine protects against the hepatitis B infection and can be given to adults, adolescents, children and infants. Chronic hepatitis B and C infection is the leading cause for liver cancer (60-70%). As there is no specific treatment for hepatitis B, vaccination is the best way to protect against the infection. For more information about hepatitis B, click here.
The Twinrix vaccine protects against both hepatitis A and hepatitis B infection. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B can cause the liver to become enlarged, inflamed and tender and lead to long-term complications. As treatment focuses on managing symptoms rather than a cure, vaccination is the most important way to prevent the disease.
The Gardasil 9 vaccine protects against common types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) which cause diseases in men and women. These diseases include cervical cancer, vaginal cancer, anal cancer, vulvar cancer, abnormal and precancerous lesions, genital warts and HPV infection. For more information about HPV, click here.
The Menactra vaccine protects against meningococcal disease caused by four groups of Neisseria meningitides and can be given from 2 years of age through to 55 years. As meningococcal is a serious and potentially life-threatening infection, vaccination is very important.
The Prevenar 13 vaccine protects against 13 different strains or serotypes of bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae. These bacteria can cause serious diseases including meningitis (a life-threating brain infection), bacteraemia (blood infection), pneumonia and otitis media (ear infection).
The Pneumovax 23 vaccine protects against the most common types of pneumococcal bacteria which can cause serious diseases including meningitis (a life-threatening brain infection), pneumonia (lung infection), blood infection and infection of the middle ear. Vaccination is recommended for all men and women aged over 65 years old, and in those aged 2 years and above who have limited or no spleen function, a low immune system, long-term disease or leakage of fluid from the brain and spinal cord.
Taking the Herpes Zoster vaccine can help to prevent shingles. Shingles is a painful blistering rash which usually only appears on one side of the body. Shingles is caused by the Varicella Zoster virus which also causes chickenpox. This vaccine is recommended for adults above 50 years old.
The influenza vaccination protects you from the seasonal flu as well as potentially more serious complications like pneumonia. It is especially recommended for those aged 65 years and above, with chronic medical conditions (i.e. diabetes, chronic heart conditions, respiratory and lung diseases), pregnant women and who are planning to travel.
Advance appointments are required for vaccinations. To book your appointment at Icon Health Screening, contact the centre at (65) 6970 5200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on why you should vaccinate read Dr Lau Pik Onn’s article here.