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 children who have chronic pulmonary or cardiovascular disorders;
oAdults and children who have required regular medical follow-up or hospitalisation due to chronic metabolic diseases, renal, neurologic, hepatic, or haematologic disorders;
oAdults and children with immunosuppression;
oChildren and adolescents aged 6 months to 18 years who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and therefore might be at risk for developing Reye syndrome after influenza infection;
oWomen at all stages of pregnancy.
•Persons receiving intermediate and long term care (ILTC) services in institutional settings

In addition, the MOH’s Expert Committee on Immunisation (ECI) recommends that the following groups be vaccinated against influenza:
•Persons at increased risk of influenza-related complications
•Persons receiving intermediate and long term care (ILTC) services in institutional settings
•All healthcare workers and staff in healthcare institutions and establishments.

In light of COVID-19 pandemic, influenza vaccination continues to be recommended for persons working or living in close-living environments for the 2021 SH season. These groups include:
•Foreign workers living in all forms of dormitories and private residential premises. In particular, those working in the construction, marine, and processes sectors
•Staff working in custodial and residential facilities (e.g. homes and shelters), communal living facilities, hostels or cruises/ferries

The above groups of persons may use MediSave to pay for the remaining out-of-pocket cost of the flu vaccination, under the MediSave500 scheme. Patients aged 60 and above can also tap on Flexi-MediSave. The use of MediSave is subject to the prevailing MediSave500 and Flexi-MediSave limits.

Moreover, subsidised flu vaccination rates are available for the recommended groups (see above):
•Pioneer Generation (PG): $9
•MG/CHAS Blue/CHAS Orange: $18
•CHAS Green/Non-CHAS: $35

Cross Street Medical Clinic is a CHAS-approved clinic. We strongly encourage patients who are not vaccinated to please protect themselves by getting the flu shot.

Visit us today, or call for an appointment at 6535-0608

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