Saturday, October 27, 2018

Biannual flu jabs may be better for seniors: Study

Source Website: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/biannual-flu-jabs-may-be-better-seniors-study
By Felicia Choo, The New Paper, 26 October 2018 at 06:00 am


Elderly Singaporeans may be better protected against the flu and respiratory illness if they get an influenza or flu jab twice a year, instead of once, a local study has found.
PHOTO: Elderly Singaporeans may be better protected against the flu and respiratory illness if they get an influenza or flu jab twice a year, instead of once, a local study has found.
With second vaccination, more participants became better protected against three influenza strains
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Researchers found that with a second vaccination after six months, the proportion of participants with antibody levels high enough to protect against the three influenza strains in the vaccine increased by a fifth, from 56.8 per cent to 80.4 per cent.

The May 2016 to November 2017 study by the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) and Tan Tock Seng Hospital won Gold in the Singapore Young Investigator Award (Clinical Research) category at the Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress yesterday.

The award was part of the Congress' Scientific Competition, which recognises research studies that have improved patient care and overall population health.

Dr Barnaby Young, the lead researcher and a consultant of infectious diseases at NCID, said the findings could help determine how often someone living in Singapore should get a flu jab. In Singapore's tropical climate, influenza causes infections year-round with outbreak timings that are difficult to predict, whereas in temperate climates, they occur only during winter, he added.



Researchers found that with a second vaccination after six months, the proportion of participants with antibody levels high enough to protect against the three influenza strains in the vaccine increased by a fifth, from 56.8 per cent to 80.4 per cent.
PHOTO: Researchers found that with a second vaccination after six months, the proportion of participants with antibody levels high enough to protect against the three influenza strains in the vaccine increased by a fifth, from 56.8 per cent to 80.4 per cent.
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The study involved 200 participants aged 65 and up.

At the Congress, organised by the National Healthcare Group (NHG), two agreements were signed to further develop healthcare research and innovation.

NHG and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a Joint Programme for Clinician Scientist Development. It is aimed at fostering clinician scientists and funding their research.



At the Congress, organised by the National Healthcare Group (NHG), two agreements were signed to further develop healthcare research and innovation.
PHOTO: At the Congress, organised by the National Healthcare Group (NHG), two agreements were signed to further develop healthcare research and innovation.
NHG and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a Joint Programme for Clinician Scientist Development. It is aimed at fostering clinician scientists and funding their research.
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Separately, a memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed to encourage polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) students to take up internships for serious games, or electronic games used for purposes beyond entertainment.

The MOA was signed by NHG, NTU, the five polytechnics - Nanyang, Ngee Ann, Republic, Temasek and Singapore polytechnics - and ITE.



The MOA was signed by NHG, NTU, the five polytechnics - Nanyang, Ngee Ann, Republic, Temasek and Singapore polytechnics - and ITE.
PHOTO: The MOA was signed by NHG, NTU, the five polytechnics - Nanyang, Ngee Ann, Republic, Temasek and Singapore polytechnics - and ITE.
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The Alive-Poly-ITE Student Internship Programme will pair healthcare experts with students who have a background in games design or storytelling, graphics design and IT to develop serious game prototypes.

The congress, which is being held at Max Atria at the Singapore Expo and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine Clinical Sciences Building in Novena, runs until tomorrow.

About 1,800 medical professionals are expected to attend. Discussions are focused on population health, preventive medicine, as well as primary and community care.



The congress, which is being held at Max Atria at the Singapore Expo and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine Clinical Sciences Building in Novena, runs until tomorrow.
PHOTO: The congress, which is being held at Max Atria at the Singapore Expo and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine Clinical Sciences Building in Novena, runs until tomorrow.
About 1,800 medical professionals are expected to attend. Discussions are focused on population health, preventive medicine, as well as primary and community care.
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By Felicia Choo, The New Paper, 26 October 2018 at 06:00 am
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Reference
[1] Felicia Choo, The New Paper, Biannual flu jabs may be better for seniors: Study, posted on 26 October 2018 at 06:00 am, https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/biannual-flu-jabs-may-be-better-seniors-study


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