Other Vaccinations

Importance of Vaccinations

Getting vaccinated or immunised plays an important role in preventing the spread of infectious diseases, protecting yourself, your family and the community from potential health threats. Vaccinations stimulate the body’s immune system, producing antibodies that will combat infection and enhance your overall immunity. 

At DR+ clinics, we have a range of vaccinations for you and your family at every stage of life. Visit your nearest clinic today and stay up to date with the recommended vaccines!

List of Vaccines

Varicella (Chickenpox)

The chickenpox vaccine, also known as the varicella vaccine, is designed to protect against the varicella-zoster virus, which causes chickenpox. Chickenpox is characterised by itchy red spots or blisters all over the body. The vaccine is typically administered during childhood in two doses, with the first dose given at 12-15 months and the second dose at 4-6 years.

Benefits: The vaccine not only prevents chickenpox but also reduces the risk of potential complications, including skin infections, scars, pneumonia, and brain inflammation

Hepatitis A Vaccine

Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease that can cause mild to severe illness. The hepatitis A vaccine is an inactivated vaccine that provides long-term protection against the virus. It is usually administered in two shots, six months apart.

Benefits: The vaccine effectively prevents hepatitis A infection, reducing the risk of liver disease and associated complications.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus. The vaccine is made from a small piece of the virus and cannot cause hepatitis B. It is commonly given in a series of three doses over a period of six months.

Benefits: Regular vaccination can prevent the hepatitis B virus infection, thereby reducing the risk of chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, and liver cancer.

Hepatitis A and B Combined Vaccine

This is a combination vaccine that provides protection against both hepatitis A and B viruses. It offers the convenience of fewer injections while ensuring immunity against both diseases.

Benefits: The combined vaccine offers comprehensive protection against two major liver diseases, ensuring overall liver health.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine (Ceravarix)

In Singapore, there are 2 types of HPV vaccines – HPV2 (Ceravarix), and HPV9 (Gardasil 9). Ceravarix is designed to protect against two high-risk HPV types (16 and 18) that cause about 70% of cervical cancers. Gardasil 9 provides protection against additional 20% of cancer-causing HPV types, available for females and males. It is administered in a series of two or three doses, depending on the age at which vaccination starts.

Benefits: Regular vaccination can prevent most cases of cervical cancer and other forms of cancer caused by HPV.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine

The MMR vaccine is a combined vaccine that protects against three viral infections: measles, mumps, and rubella. These diseases can lead to serious complications, including encephalitis, meningitis, and birth defects.

Benefits: The vaccine provides long-term immunity against these diseases, ensuring protection from potential complications.

Tetanus Vaccine

Tetanus is a severe bacterial infection that affects the nervous system. The tetanus vaccine is part of routine immunisations and is given as a booster shot every ten years to ensure continued protection.

Benefits: The vaccine effectively prevents tetanus, which can cause painful muscle contractions and can be fatal.

Shingles Vaccine

Shingles vaccination is a preventive measure designed to reduce the risk of developing shingles, a painful skin rash caused by the varicella-zoster virus. The vaccine stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies against the virus, thereby decreasing the likelihood of shingles occurrence or reducing its severity if it does occur.


  • Reduced risk of developing shingles: The vaccine significantly lowers the chances of experiencing shingles-related symptoms, including pain, rash, and potential complications.
  • Lower risk of postherpetic neuralgia: Shingles vaccination has been shown to decrease the likelihood of developing postherpetic neuralgia, a severe and long-lasting nerve pain often associated with shingles.
  • Protection against shingles-related complications: By bolstering the immune response to the varicella-zoster virus, the vaccine helps prevent complications such as vision loss, neurological problems, and skin infections associated with shingles outbreaks.

Overall, shingles vaccination is a safe and effective way to safeguard against the debilitating effects of shingles and its associated complications, particularly in older adults and individuals with weakened immune systems.

Tetanus, Reduced Diphtheria and Acellular Pertussis (TDAP) Vaccine

TDAP is a combination vaccine that protects against three bacterial infections: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). It is recommended for adolescents and adults as a one-time shot, followed by tetanus boosters every ten years.

Benefits: The vaccine provides comprehensive protection against diseases that can lead to breathing difficulties, heart failure, and neurological complications.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Are there any age restrictions for receiving these vaccines?

    Yes, certain vaccines have age recommendations or restrictions. Consult with a doctor to determine the appropriate age for each vaccine.

    How long does the immunity from these vaccines last?

    The duration of immunity varies for each vaccine. Some vaccines offer lifelong protection, while others may require booster shots at regular intervals.

    Are there any contraindications or reasons why someone shouldn't receive a particular vaccine?

    Yes, certain medical conditions, allergies, or other factors might contraindicate vaccination. Discuss your medical history with our doctor before getting vaccinated.

    Can pregnant or breastfeeding women receive these vaccines?

    Some vaccines are safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women, while others are not recommended. Consult our doctor for guidance.

    Are there any travel-specific vaccines not mentioned in the article?

    Yes, there are travel-specific vaccines for diseases prevalent in certain regions. If you’re planning to travel, consult with our doctors for recommendations.

    What are the potential side effects of these vaccines?

    While most side effects are mild and temporary, such as pain at the injection site or a mild fever, it’s important to be aware of potential reactions and to seek medical advice if concerned.

    Can I receive multiple vaccines during a single visit?

    In many cases, it’s safe to receive multiple vaccines during one visit. Discuss with our doctor to determine the best vaccination schedule.

    How are vaccines stored and handled to ensure their efficacy?

    Vaccines are stored under specific temperature conditions to maintain their potency. Healthcare facilities follow strict guidelines for vaccine storage and handling.

    Are there any vegetarian or halal-certified vaccines?

    Some vaccines may contain animal-derived components. If you have dietary or religious concerns, discuss with our doctors to identify suitable vaccine options.