Flu Vaccine Singapore 2024: What You Need To Know

Contents
  • What is influenza & how does it affect me?
  • Who is the flu vaccine for?
  • Is there any conflict between taking the flu vaccine and Covid vaccine?
  • What are the flu vaccines available in Singapore currently?
  • What are the recommendations for taking flu vaccine?
  • Taking the flu vaccine at DTAP Vaccination Clinic

The Flu Virus & Flu Vaccine Singapore:
Protecting Yourself & Your Loved Ones

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What is influenza? How does it affect me?

Influenza, colloquially known as “the flu,” is a respiratory illness triggered by influenza viruses. Its manifestations encompass an abrupt onset of symptoms such as fever, chills, body aches, sore throat, cough, and headache. The transmission primarily takes place through respiratory droplets expelled during coughing and sneezing.

Distinguishing itself from the common cold, influenza has the potential to induce severe illness and pose life-threatening complications, particularly in vulnerable populations such as older individuals, young children, pregnant women, and those with specific underlying health conditions. It is imperative to recognize the gravity of influenza, as proactive measures and heightened awareness are crucial for minimizing its impact on public health.

All staff at DTAP’s vaccination clinics undergo regular Covid testing. Visit our vaccination clinics with confidence and peace of mind.

Who Is The Flu Vaccine / Flu Jab For?

The influenza vaccination is recommended for a broad spectrum of individuals, and it is generally encouraged for the following groups:

  1. High-Risk Individuals:
    • Elderly individuals (65 years and older).
    • Young children, particularly those aged 6 months to 5 years.
    • Pregnant women and those planning to become pregnant during flu season.
    • Individuals with compromised immune systems.
    • Individuals with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease.
  2. Healthcare Workers:
    • Those working in healthcare settings to protect themselves and prevent the spread of influenza to vulnerable patients.
  3. Caregivers and Household Contacts:
    • Individuals who live with or care for people at high risk of flu-related complications.
  4. Essential Workers:
    • Individuals in essential roles or critical infrastructure, as they may have increased exposure to the virus.
  5. Anyone Desiring Protection:
    • Individuals who wish to reduce their risk of contracting and spreading influenza, contributing to community immunity.

It’s important to consult with healthcare professionals to determine individual suitability for the vaccine and address any specific concerns. Additionally, public health authorities often provide specific recommendations based on the prevalence of influenza strains in a given season and local health conditions.

Flu Vaccine & Covid Vaccine – Any Conflict?

Individuals are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, even if they have recently been vaccinated with a non-COVID-19 vaccine, such as the influenza vaccine, within a 14-day timeframe of the COVID-19 vaccination. However, it is recommended to observe a minimum interval of 14 days before or after administration of a non-COVID-19 vaccine for optimal vaccination efficacy.

What Are The Flu Vaccines Or Flu Jabs Available In Singapore

The predominant influenza vaccine administered in Singapore is the quadrivalent influenza vaccine. Typically administered into the deltoid muscle of the upper arm or the outer aspect of the thigh, this vaccine provides protection against two ‘A’ strains and two ‘B’ strains of influenza. The vaccine undergoes biannual releases, aligning with the influenza seasons in both the Southern Hemisphere (SH) during the second quarter and the Northern Hemisphere (NH) during the fourth quarter. Each release is informed by the most recent surveillance data from the World Health Organization (WHO), ensuring that the vaccine reflects the latest circulating Influenza A and B strains.

Recommendations For Flu Vaccine

The 2023/2024 NH influenza vaccine differs from its previous 2023 SH vaccine in terms of one influenza ‘A’ H1N1 strain. Hence, persons who received the 2023 SH vaccine or earlier vaccines (even if vaccination was received less than a year ago), should consider getting vaccinated with the 2023/2024 NH influenza vaccine to achieve a more complete protection against seasonal influenza. For optimal protection, vaccination is recommended early in the season.  The NH vaccine can be administered after the SH vaccine after a minimum interval of 1 month.

The current composition of the 2023 SH seasonal influenza vaccine (egg based) vaccine is as follows:

  • an A/Victoria/4897/2022 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus ( differs from 2023 SH vaccine strain)
  • an A/Darwin/9/2021 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • a B/Austria/1359417/2021 (B/Victoria lineage)-like virus; and
  • a B/Phuket/3073/2013 (B/Yamagata lineage)-like virus.

Taking The Flu Vaccine Or Flu Jab @ DTAP Vaccination Clinic

The flu vaccine or flu jab is available at all DTAP Vaccination Clinics. If you are considering taking the flu vaccine at DTAP, you may book an appointment here. We accept both walk-ins and appointments.