What is Influenza / Flu?
Influenza is a common infection that is caused by Influenza virus types A and B. Influenza vaccines can help to prevent this infection, also commonly known as the flu.
Some flu symptoms can include:
The protection from the vaccine takes at least 2 weeks to develop, so remember to plan well for your vaccine.
Who should receive the Influenza Vaccine in Singapore?
The influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone, especially individuals who are at high-risk of developing complications. These individuals include:
Elderly aged 65 years and older
Pregnant women in any trimester
Persons with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or heart, lung, liver and kidney disease
Persons with lower body resistance to infections due to:
Existing conditions such as leukaemia, HIV, spleen removal, or organ transplant
Undergoing treatment or using medication such as long-term steroids, certain cancer drugs or radiation therapy
Residents staying in intermediate or long term care facilities
Persons aged 18 years or younger and receiving long-term aspirin therapy
Children aged 6 months old to 59 months
Do I need to take any precautions before receiving the influenza vaccination in Singapore?
Please inform your doctor if you:
Are allergic to this vaccine or any of the other ingredients of this vaccine
Have a history of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (a rare condition where the body’s immune system attacks the nerves)
Have a severe allergy to eggs
How much does the Influenza Vaccine cost?
Pioneer Generation (PG)