The new GARDASIL 9 vaccine is now available at Katong Family Clinic, covering HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58. It protects against the main cancer causing strains for Cervical cancer and also offers coverage for vulva, vaginal, anal and oro-pharyngeal (off label usage) cancers.
Cervical cancer is the 10th most common cancer in females (from Singapore Cancer Registry Interim Annual Report 2010 - 2014) and the 3rd leading cause of cancer deaths for women aged 15-44 years in Singapore (from ICO HPV info centre, HPV and related diseases report, Singapore).
Compared to the earlier version Gardasil 4, it protects against additional high-risk strains of human papillomavirus and it reduces the risk of HPV-related cervical cancer by approximately 90%. It also protects against HPV-related vaginal, vulvar and anal cancers and genital warts to a similar degree.
It is indicated for males and females from 9-26 years - do vaccinate your children of suitable age!
Remember, completing the vaccine course reduces the risk of cervical cancer but it is still important for sexually active women to undergo regular cervical cancer screening!!!
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At Katong Family Clinic our passion is seeing and managing our patients. It is intensely rewarding when we see our patients come back and over time are able to develop a deeper relationship and understanding of the person, which is a privilege that not many doctors have.
Read this article from The Strait's Times!
Many parents to be worry about the safety of having vaccines at this special time.
Having recently given birth to our third child, it is also a topic close to my heart. Some vaccines are contraindicated in pregnancy, but others, such as the flu vaccination, are not only safe, but to be actively encouraged to protect the mother and unborn child. There is overwhelming evidence for pregnant ladies to take flu vaccinations and I personally have made sure to be up to date during each of my three pregnancies.
This time around, after reviewing the medical evidence, I also took a Tdap (Boostrix) vaccine which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (whooping cough) as I felt this offered additional protection for my unborn child in the period before he could have his first vaccines.
If you are pregnant or planning pregnancy, do make sure to be up to date with your flu vaccine and do get one if you are not. It is safe and encouraged in all stages of pregnancy. (Pregnant ladies are more prone to severe complications of the flu).
Do make an appointment with your Family Physician or Obstetrician to discuss what vaccines are recommended and for all health concerns related to pregnancy.
- Dr Sarah Packer
Dr Sarah Packer is a Family Physician with a special interest in women's and children's health.