Flu vaccine

Flu is caused by influenza viruses, and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact.

Common symptoms:

  • Fever/chills
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Runny or stuffy nose

 

Can I protect myself and others against the flu infection?

Yes, you can by getting yourself vaccinated.

 

BUT, the flu vaccine cannot prevent:

  • Flu that is caused by a virus not covered by the vaccine, or
  • Illnesses that look like flu but are not.

 

Who needs flu vaccine?

  • Elderly of 65 years old and above
  • Pregnant women
  • Patients with chronic illnesses and low immunity
  • Residents in nursing home, community hospital, etc
  • Frequent travellers
  • Healthcare workers

 

Eligible persons can claim Medisave for flu vaccine. Please check with your doctor if you are eligible to pay using Medisave.

 

How frequent do I need the vaccine?

We recommend getting a flu shot YEARLY because the flu virus is constantly changing and the effect of the previous flu shots decreases with time.

 

For more resources, please refer to: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu.html

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