Good Vaccine Checklist

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When and how should you get vaccinated?

Vaccination is considered primary prevention, which means the prevention before the disease progresses. The vaccination can help stimulate the body to build immunity against the pathogen. Getting vaccinated can help reduce the intensity of infection and the mortality rate, as well as reducing the likelihood of infection and the severity of illness.

Influenza Vaccine

There are two types of Influenza Vaccine: 

  • Vaccine against 3 different types of influenza It protects 2 strains of A virus and 1 strain of B virus.
  • Vaccine against 4 different types of influenza It protects 2 strains of A virus and 2 strains of B virus. 
The influenza vaccine can be injected starting from the age of 6 months and should be injected once a year. We should get vaccinated every year because the composition of influenza vaccines are updated annually. The influenza vaccine in Thailand is highly safe and it is 70-90% effective in preventing infection.

Cervical Cancer Vaccine

There are three types of HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccines:

  • Vaccine that protects against two types of cervical cancer: strains 16 and 18.
  • Vaccine that protects against four types of cervical cancer: strains 6, 11, 16 and 18.
  • Vaccine protects against nine types of cervical cancer, including strains 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58.

The cervical cancer vaccine can be injected in women and men from the age of 9 to 45 years old and it can prevent cervical cancer, vulvar cancer and female uterine cancer. It can also prevent anal cancer and genital warts in males. Vaccination against HPV requires a total of 3 injections at the intervals of 0, 2 and 6 months.

Shingle Vaccine

The shingle vaccine (Zostavax) can reduce the chance of developing shingles by 51% and reduce the post infected symptoms by 67%. With or without having shingles or chickenpox before, the vaccine is recommended for only one injection for adults over 60 years old.

Diphtheria and Tetanus Vaccine

Diphtheria tetanus vaccine (dT) is a mandatory vaccine for all children 7 years of age and older, with three doses at intervals of 0, 1 and 6 months, followed by the booster every 10 years. Moreover, pregnant women and people with wounds should receive tetanus-diphtheria vaccination as they are more likely to be contaminated with tetanus.

Pneumonia Vaccine

Pneumonia vaccine (Pneumococcal vaccine) is a vaccine for preventing bacterial infections. Two types of pneumonia vaccine are:

  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCV13, PCV15, and PCV20)
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23)

The vaccination should start with 13 conjugated vaccinations and in order to build a high immunity, polysaccharides should be vaccinated after 1 year. It is recommended to use in the elderly 65 years and older. The pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine and the influenza vaccine are safe vaccinations and it has been widely used all over the world for a long time.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

Hepatitis B Vaccine prevents infection from the hepatitis B virus and it can help prevent liver cancer resulting from hepatitis B. Hepatitis B virus can cause 80% of liver cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer death. All Thai children should receive 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccination with intervals of 0, 1 and 6 months. In general, people after the injection can build up to 95% immunity to hepatitis B and can prevent lifelong infection.

If you would like to make an appointment for vaccinations or consult with a doctor, PrimoCare Medical Clinic is ready to take care of your health in its entirety. You can inquire or make an appointment in advance here.

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