Ho Ching: Pneumonia is the 3rd leading cause of death in Singapore



Pneumonia is the 3rd leading cause of death in Sg.

Some 4,000 people die of pneumonia every year. This means we see 10-12 people dying of pneumonia every day in Sg.

Seniors over 65 are most at risk of dying of pneumonia, whenever they fall ill from one or other diseases or infections. This is especially for old folks who are bedridden and no longer actively walking about.

One of the leading causes of pneumonia is bacterial infection in the lungs, esp when our immune system is weakened by other illness or infections.

To reduce the risk of one common cause of pneumonia, we can go for pneumococcal vaccines.

We need to take 2 shots 1 year apart.

Pneumococcal vaccines are available at CHAS clinics at highly subsidised rates.

For Pioneer Generation, the pneumococcal vaccine shot should cost less than $16 after subsidies. We can use our MediSave to pay the balance.

For Merdeka Generation, we should not need to pay more than $31 per shot, and can use our MediSave to pay for the balance.

Pioneer Generation folks are those born in 1951 or earlier. These are folks who are or will be 71 years or older this year.

Merdeka Generation are those born between 1952 and 1959. These are folks who are or will be 63 this year.

Below is a simple booking system to book your pneumococcal vaccines. It takes only 3 minutes or so to take your first step to protect yourself by booking your 1st pneumococcal vaccine shot.

I have done my shots.

Have you?

There are 2 types of pneumococcal vaccines available in Sg.

One protects against 13 types or pneumonia causing bacteria, while the 2nd protects against 23 types of pneumonia causing bacteria.

Studies show that it may useful to take the type 13 vaccine before taking the type 23 vaccine. This gives better protection.

When taking the pneumococcal vaccines, your CHAS clinic or your personal family doctor would be able to advise you which type or combination you should do for best protection.

Others who are immunocompromised from illness or long term medication, should also discuss with your own doctor how best to protect yourself against pneumonia risks.




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