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Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers today. Most cervical cancers are caused by certain strains of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which is transmitted through sexual contact.

 

Even if you have had the HPV vaccination, it is still advisable to undergo regular cervical cancer screening if you are 25 years old and above, and have had sexual intercourse.

 

Traditionally, Pap smear tests involve taking a sample of cells from the cervix, which is smeared on a glass side and then analysed under the microscope.

 

Thin prep is a newer laboratory analysis method, where the sample of cervical cells are transferred to a container with a preservative fluid instead of being smeared on a glass slide. This is called liquid-based cytology. It is more accurate compared to the conventional Pap smear test.

 

Screening using the Pap smear and thin prep tests needs to be repeated every 2-3 years.

 

In recent years, with the advent of lab testing, testing of the HPV virus DNA is possible. This is more effective at picking up pre-cancerous changes compared to the Pap smear test alone. The sample for the HPV DNA test is taken in the same way as the traditional Pap smear test, but only needs to be done every 5 years. It is the recommended screening test for women aged 30 and above.

Recommended vaccinations for adults

The COVID-19 vaccination has shone the spotlight on vaccinations and how they are beneficial in reducing complications from certain infectious diseases. Did you know that there are also other vaccinations recommended for adults?

Recommended vaccinations for adults

 

  1. Flu vaccine

Influenza – with symptoms of fever, body aches, and lethargy – can result in hospitalisation, complications, or even death in certain higher-risk populations. The flu vaccine is therefore recommended for these people:

  • Persons aged 65 years or older
  • Pregnant women
  • Those with asthma or other lung disease, diabetes, chronic diseases affecting the heart, kidneys, or nervous system.

 

Flu vaccine

 

  1. Pneumococcal vaccine

These vaccines protect against pneumoccal disease – an infection which can affect the lungs (pneumonia), brain and spinal cord (meningitis), ears and sinuses, and blood. They can be deadly or have long-term complications.

 

For persons aged 65 years or older, 2 vaccinations (Prevnar-13 and Pneumovax-23, spaced 1 year apart) are recommended.

 

The Pneumovax-23 vaccine is also recommended for those who are younger than 65 years old, but with diabetes or chronic diseases affecting the lungs, heart, kidneys, or liver.

 

Pneumococcal vaccine

 

  1. Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap)

Most of us would have taken this vaccination in childhood. It is, however, recommended for women to take a booster dose during each pregnancy. This is to protect the newborn baby, as babies are at high risk for severe complications such as pneumonia, convulsions, brain damage, or death.

 

Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap)

 

  1. HPV

For ladies who have not yet taken the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine for prevention of cervical cancer, you can discuss with our doctors if it is suitable for you.

 

You can read more about the HPV vaccine at these links: 1. Who Should Get the HPV Vaccination? Costs & Types of Vaccine in Singapore – Healthsprings (healthspringsgroup.com.sg)

  1. HPV vaccination in Singapore – Healthsprings (healthspringsgroup.com.sg)

 

HPV

 

  1. Other vaccinations

If you are unsure about your vaccination status for Hepatitis B, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), or Varicella (chickenpox), you can do a blood test to check your immunity status. If you do not have any evidence of immunity to these viruses, it is recommended to get vaccinated.

 

You may be eligible for government subsidies for the above vaccinations. This was implemented from November 2020 for all Singaporeans. (Read more here: National Adult Immunisation Schedule (NAIS) (primarycarepages.sg))

 

Schedule a consultation with our doctors to check your eligibility for these vaccinations.

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Healthsprings was established in 2000 with its first medical clinic located at Bukit Panjang. In 2001, the company ventured into the medical aesthetic field and has become one of the first Singapore-based clinics to offer Lasers, Peels, Fillers, Botulinum Injections and other aesthetic services. In 2008, Healthsprings Laser and Aesthetic is opened in Orchard Road and has been known to specialise in different aesthetic procedures for the skin, face, body, and hair.

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