Health Advisory for PSI between 201 – 300

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The latest PSI reading at 9pm is 290 which falls under the ‘very unhealthy’ category.

According to the NEA Health Advisory:

“Elderly and persons with existing heart or lung disease should stay indoors and reduce physical exertion and outdoor activity. The general population should avoid vigorous outdoor activity.”

Source: National Environment Agency

NEA: PSI hits 290 mark at 9pm

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The three-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) reading hit 290 at 9pm on Wednesday, hitting the ‘very unhealthy’ level soaring past the 226 recorded in Sept 1997.

The PSI reading has been climbing steadily since Wednesday morning, starting at 77 at 6am before moving into the unhealthy range at 11am when the reading hit 103. It then climbed to 124 at noon, 152 at 1pm, 170 at 2pm, before hitting 172 at 3pm.

Source: Channel News Asia

Use of Medisave for all vaccinations in the National Childhood Immunization schedule

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From 1 June 2013, Medisave will be allowed to be used for all the vaccinations in the National Childhood Immunization Schedule at our clinic:

1st year: Infanrix 6 in 1, Prevenar

2nd year: MMR, Infanrix 5 in 1

 

Clinic open during Chinese New Year

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Opening Hours during Chinese New Year (2012)

23 Jan:

7pm – 10pm

24 Jan:

9am – 12.30pm, 7pm – 10pm

Children to get vaccination earlier

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From 1 December, children will receive both doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination at a younger age, after the Ministry of Health (MOH) accepted a recommendation from the Expert Committee on Immunisation.

MOH said the earlier vaccinations will help reduce the number of measles cases seen in unvaccinated children aged 15 months and below.

Under these recommendations, children will get their first dose at 12 months, instead of the previous 12 to 24 months.

The second dose will also be brought forward from six to seven years to between 15 and 18 months.

MOH said that providing the two doses at a closer interval will also ensure almost all vaccinated children are sufficiently protected against measles earlier in their lives

It added that the MMR vaccination is the most effective way to protect against measles, mumps, and rubella, which are highly contagious childhood diseases that can lead to serious complications in children and in the case of measles, even death.

The ministry advises that children who have either started or completed their vaccination with 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7) be given a supplemental dose of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13).

It said PCV13 contains six additional pneumococcal serotypes including the emergent serotype 19A, which can cause invasive pneumococcal disease.

This vaccine protects against pneumococcal disease, caused by the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria.

Pneumococcal infection is one of the most common causes of pneumonia and bacterial meningitis which is the infection of the membrane covering brain and spinal cord, and also middle ear infection in children. – CNA