Thursday, September 4, 2008

Flu Vaccination

Getting a flu may not be as serious as some illness. However if not take care of, it can get into complications like pneumonia. An adult's immune system is stronger compared with a young child. The Singapore Health Promotion Board is encouraging parents to get their small children under the age of 5 years of age (minimum age 6 months) a yearly vaccination to protect themselves from flu.

In a study that had been conducted by the MOH and SGH (Ministry of Health and Singapore General Hospital), influenza deaths averaged abut 588 each year in Singapore. Genetic changes of certain flu virus mean that there is no such thing as a long term immunity. It is advisable to have a jab once a year for extra protection.

Singaporeans can contact their family or neighbourhood GPs for more information.

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