- Yes it is safe and common for seniors to receive the pneumococcal and flu vaccinations at the same time. Typically, you will be offered one vaccination on each arm. Please speak to your doctor about this.
Can I take the influenza and the pneumococcal vaccine PPSV23 in a single visit, or how long apart do I have to wait before taking the other?
It is safe and common to receive the Pneumococcal and Flu vaccinations at the same time.
Typically, you will be offered one vaccination on each arm. Please speak to your doctor about this.
I am 63 yrs old, healthy with no chronic medical conditions. Do you still recommend me to take the Influenza and Pheumococcal jabs, was considering having both jabs when I am 65 years old.
If you are below the age of 65 with no chronic medical conditions, you can still take the influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations. However, these will not be subsidised. The clinic should notify you of the expected costs before the vaccination is administered.
Both vaccinations are under the National Adult Immunisation Schedule (NAIS).
What are some common side-effects of the flu vaccine?Some people may feel faint after the vaccination. Sit for 15 minutes to avoid fainting. Soreness, redness, or swelling at the injection site, slight headache, body aches or tiredness; fever of more than 38'C is not common. - These side effects usually go away on its own within 2 to 3 days - You may take Paracetamol to help to relieve the pain or fever
Who should receive the flu vaccine?
In the elderly aged 65 years and above, flu vaccines should be administered annually or per season as the circulating virus changes and the body’s immunity to the flu virus may decrease over time.
Please consult your doctor for more details (e.g. on the number of recommended doses and types of vaccine) for the following medical conditions:
Persons aged 18 years and older with chronic illnesses, such as asthma heart diseases and diabetes mellitus
Persons who are immunocompromised (having lower body resistance to infections) or with other medical conditions
Women at all stages of pregnancy
Persons receiving intermediate and long-term care services
Children below 6 months to 59 months
Nonetheless, other than the above-mentioned groups, flu vaccines are generally recommended for personal protection against the flu virus.
When would I get to be invited for a flu jab? Where to check?
SMS invitations for vaccinations are currently only sent to members of the public within the recommended age range. You can still book an appointment for flu vaccination via book.health.gov.sg without an SMS invitation.
Do check out the eligibility criteria for subsidies before booking an appointment.
What are some rare but serious side-effects that I need to seek medical advice immediately?
Severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) are rare and can happen within minutes to a few hours after vaccination.
The symptoms of a severe allergic reaction include one or more of the following:
Difficulty in breathing
Itchy skin rashes over your whole body
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should inform your healthcare professional immediately.
If you took more than the recommended dose, please seek medical advice immediately. The information provided on this page does not replace information from your healthcare professional. Please consult your healthcare professional for more information.
What is the flu vaccine used for?Flu vaccines help to prevent infection from flu and complications resulting from it. Complications from flu infection include infection of the lungs (pneumonia), ear (otitis media), brain (meningitis), blood (bacteremia) and other serious infections.
What precautions should I follow before receiving the flu vaccine?Inform your healthcare professional if: - You are allergic to this vaccine or any of the other ingredients of this vaccine - You have a history of Guillain-Barr Syndrome (a rare nerve condition) - You are pregnant or breastfeeding