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Understanding Shingles: Protecting Your Health After 50

As we age, maintaining our health becomes increasingly important. It is crucial that we remain vigilant for health concerns that affect older individuals. One such condition is Shingles, also known as herpes zoster or more locally, as snake disease (生蛇) or kayap ular). What is Shingles? Shingles is an infectious disease typically looks like a […]

Influenza vaccination – Latest guidance from MOH Singapore

In mid-April, the Ministry of Health, Singapore (MOH) released its guidance on seasonal influenza vaccination for the 2021 southern hemisphere (SH) seasonal influenza vaccine. The recommended groups for the vaccination include:•Persons at increased risk of influenza-related complications:oPersons aged 65 years or older;oChildren aged 6 months to under 5 years (i.e. 6 to 59 months);oAdults and […]

Understanding Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Data source:https://www.dsc-clinic.sg/Pati… and Education/STI/PublishingImages/2018 STI updates for Website.jpg What are STDs/STIs? Sexually transmitted diseases/infections (STDs/STIs) are most often spread by sexual intercourse.Examples of STDs include HIV, chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, gonorrhoea, syphilis, trichomoniasis, and some forms of hepatitis. STDs used to be called venereal diseases (VD), and are among the most common contagious diseases. In 2018, the incidence of STDs in Singapore per 100,000 […]

Influenza vaccination – Latest guidance from MOH Singapore

In mid-October, the Ministry of Health, Singapore (MOH) released its guidance on seasonal influenza vaccination for the 2020-21 Northern Hemisphere influenza season. The recommended groups for the vaccination include: •Persons at increased risk of influenza-related complications:oPersons aged 65 years or older;oChildren aged 6 months to under 5 years (i.e. 6 to 59 months);oAdults and children […]

Get vaccinated! Subsidies for all Singaporeans

To encourage more adults to vaccinate (against vaccine-preventable diseases), the Ministry of Health Singapore (MOH) launched the National Adult Immunisation Schedule (NAIS), which provides guidance on vaccinations for people aged 18 years and older. From 1 November 2020, the Ministry of Health (MOH) Singapore will enhance subsidies for vaccinations recommended under the National Adult Immunisation […]

MOH Update on the HIV/AIDS Situation in Singapore 2019: Released June 2020

Latest HIV Statistics There were 323 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections reported among Singapore residents (i.e., citizens and permanent residents) in 2019, bringing the total number of HIV-infected Singapore residents to 8,618. To date, about 24% (or 2,097) of these residents have passed away. A breakdown of the 323 new cases:•95% were male•66% were […]

STI INCIDENCE SINGAPORE/2018 UPDATE: What do we need to know? Who are at risk? What may be done?

Data source: https://www.dsc-clinic.sg/Patient-Care/Prevention%20and%20Education/STI/PublishingImages/2018%20STI%20updates%20for%20Website.jpg The Singapore Department of Sexually Transmitted Infections (or DSC) released their 2018 statistics on sexually transmitted diseases/infections (STDs/STIs) in Singapore. Like most developed countries, chlamydia has remained the most common STI in Singapore, with the number of newly diagnosed cases of 2,719 in 2018 alone. Gonorrhoea, followed by syphilis are the second and third most common STDs respectively. The highest […]

Influenza and Covid-19 infections

We are all aware of the serious nature of Covid-19 disease in Singapore, and the world at large. The most common presenting symptoms for Covid-19 disease, occurring in more than 80% of patients are:•Dry cough•Sore throat•Fever These symptoms overlap with Influenza symptoms, which are:•Body aches•Headache•Dry cough•Runny nose•Sore or dry throat As such, , it will […]

Influenza vaccine recommendations for 2020

Influenza vaccines are released twice a year (Southern Hemisphere and Northern Hemisphere). The World Health Organisation (WHO) released the 2020 seasonal influenza vaccine recommendation for the Southern Hemisphere (SH). Due to a change in the composition of the H3N2 component in the new 2020 SH vaccine, those who received the 2019-20 NH seasonal influenza vaccine should be […]