[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1462850584089{margin-top: 15px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Pneumococcal Vaccine / Bacterial Pneumonia Vaccine for Adults, with Consultation” font_container=”tag:h1|font_size:35|text_align:center|color:%23040060″ google_fonts=”font_family:Libre%20Baskerville%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1582612872524{margin-bottom: 10px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1423751086688{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_custom_heading text=”What are Pneumoccocal diseases and how are they transmitted? ” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:20|text_align:left|color:%23040060″ google_fonts=”font_family:Libre%20Baskerville%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Pneumococcal disease is a bacterial infection caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae and most commonly leads to pneumonia.  The first line of protection against this bacteria is to get a pneumococcal vaccine (or a pneumonia vaccine).

Pneumococcal disease can also lead to other diseases such as meningitis, middle ear and sinus infections and sepsis (infections of the bloodstream). Groups at increased risk include: young children and babies, adults who are above 65 years old, smokers, alcoholics and individuals with chronic conditions such as heart, lung, kidney, liver disease and diabetes. Pneumococcal diseases are potentially a complication of seasonal influenza infection.

Pneumococcal disease is primarily transmitted through droplets from a cough or sneeze from infected individuals. It can also be transmitted from person-to-person by direct contact with respiratory secretions such as saliva or mucus on contaminated surfaces followed by touching own’s mouth, nose or eyes.

There are more than 90 strains of pneumococcus bacteria. 7 strains are known to be Drug-Resistant Streptococcus Pneumoniae (DRSP). They are 6A, 6B, 9V, 14, 19A and 23F. Vaccinations are available to prevent infections due to DRSP.

There are 2 types of vaccines available that cover the following types of pneumococcal bacteria:

  1. Prevnar-13® (PCV13): Type 6A, 1, 3, 4, 5, 6B, 7F, 9V, 14, 18C, 19A, 19F and 23F
  2. Pneumovax-23® (PPSV23): Type 1, 3, 4, 5, 6B, 7F, 9V, 14, 18C, 19A, 19F, 23F, 2, 8, 9N, 10A, 11A, 12F, 15B, 17F, 20, 22F and 33F

The Pneumococcal vaccination is part of the National Adult Immunisation Schedule by Ministry of Health, Singapore. For adults aged 18 years or older.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”18964″ img_size=”1067×800″][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_custom_heading text=”Who needs a Pneumococcal vaccination? ” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:20|text_align:left|color:%23040060″ google_fonts=”font_family:Libre%20Baskerville%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]The following people are recommended to get a pneumococcal or pneumonia vaccine:

  1. Adults aged 65 years old and above
  2. Immunocompromised patients (with weakened immune system)
  3. Individuals with chronic medical conditions such as heart, lung, kidney disease or diabetes
  4. People who smoke or drink excessive alcohol
  5. People with chronic asthma or other pulmonary disease
  6. Patients who recently had influenza flu

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”How many doses are required and time schedule for the vaccination? ” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:20|text_align:left|color:%23040060″ google_fonts=”font_family:Libre%20Baskerville%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]There are two groups of guidelines for the pneumococcal vaccine (or pneumonia vaccine):

  • If you are between 18 – 64 years old,
    Doses: 1 dose of PCV13 or 1 dose of each vaccine (PCV13 and PPSV23)
    Time schedule: 0, 12 months (0 month refers to the day of 1st vaccination)

 

  • If you are 65 years old and above,
    Doses: 1 dose of each vaccine (PCV13 and PPSV23)
    Time schedule: 0, 12 months (0 month refers to the day of 1st vaccination)

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  1. Individuals who experience severe allergic reactions from previous vaccination; or
  2. Allergies to specific vaccine components

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Prevnar13® – PCV13
1 doses – $230.05* (inclusive of GST)
*Medisave claimable for children,
healthy individual 65 years old and above, or
18-64 years old individuals with underlying condition at increased risk

[/vc_column_text]Book Your Appointment Now[vc_empty_space height=”30px”][vc_column_text font_size=”12″]More info from:
Ministry of Health Singapore:
https://www.healthhub.sg/a-z/diseases-and-conditions/121/topic_%E2%80%8Bpneumococcal_disease
https://www.healthhub.sg/a-z/medications/375/Pneumococcal-Vaccine
Mayo Clinic USA: https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/pneumococcal-13-valent-vaccine-diphtheria-conjugate-intramuscular-route/description/drg-20074043[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]