Click here to find out more about how AskDr works for doctors
Coronavirus COVID-19
Join the discussions relating to the Corona Virus and help fight medical misinformation. The 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 caused by SARS-CoV-2, which started in December 2019. It was first identified in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province China. Join us in discussions relating to the virus, how we can stay safe and how to avoid fake news or misinformation.
Coronavirus COVID-19
Discussions relating to the Corona Virus Disease 2019. Help our community spread awareness, education and debunk fake news or misinformation about the 2019 Coronavirus outbreak that started in Wuhan
  1. 0
  2. 0
  3. Dear Goldenwhiskey, the Pneumococcal and Influenza vaccine is strongly recommended for certain groups of patients (e.g. age >65, with other medical conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, ischemic heart dieseases, etc). For a young healthy 54 year old, the vaccines are still recommended, as you can still be susceptible to the infections. Do not worry, as allergy to Chloroquin is not an contraindication towards the 2 above-mentioned vaccines. 
    Dr. Zhao Y Y
  4. 0
  5. 0
  6. Dear @b_itchy Yes you will be issued a 5 days MC which is equivalent to an SHN if you present with upper respiratory tract infection.

    If the clinic is a Public Health Preparedness Clinic, Swab and Send Home Clinic, patients aged 13 years and above will be offered to do a COVID-19 swab at your first presentation. Alternatively, you might be refered to another location to undergo the COVID-19 swab test.  
     
    If you agree to undergo the swab, MC/ SHN duration will be minimum 3 days to allow time for the COVID-19 results to be out. Once the results are out, you can check the results on healthhub and you will receive an SMS from MOH. 

    You will need to stay at home for the whole duration of 5 days MC or till you receive the COVID-19 swab result that says you are COVID-19 negative before you can leave your house. Hope this helps.
    Dr. Yan Y T
    Space Doctor
  7. 1
  8. @tokkokking  No. There is no evidence that suggests that COVID vaccination affects Male or Female Fertility. Kindly refer to the link below. Hope this helps.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/health-56012529#:~:text=Claims%20on%20social%20media%20that,bodies%20to%20attack%20the%20placenta.
    Dr. Yan Y T
    Space Doctor
  9. 1
  10. Dear @Goldenwhiskey  The pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 Vaccine is not recommended for patients with a history of anaphylaxis or severe allergies as well as severe drug reactions. You might wish to discuss your suitability for the vaccination with the healthcare team administering the vaccine prior to receiving it. Hope this helps.
    Dr. Yan Y T
    Space Doctor
  11. 1
  12. Dear @Fit-me7 The pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 Vaccine is not recommended for patients with a history of anaphylaxis or severe allergies as well as severe drug reactions. You might wish to discuss the degree of your allergy and your suitability for the vaccination with the healthcare team administering the vaccine prior to receiving it. Hope this helps.
    Dr. Yan Y T
    Space Doctor
  13. 0
  14. Dear @Siti I do not forsee any added risk for you with regards to receiving the COVID-19 vaccination. You may continue your daily anti histamines before and after receiving the vaccination. Hope this helps.
    Dr. Yan Y T
    Space Doctor
  15. 0
  16. Dear @Kelvin_tan Kindly note that he is advised to take his covid-19 vaccination at least 2 weeks after his influenza and pneumococcal vaccine today. Hope this helps you in scheduling his vaccination appt.
    Dr. Yan Y T
    Space Doctor
  17. 1
  18. Dear @nomanmarsuni Your mother belongs to the high risk group as she is elderly and has chronic conditions like diabetes. She will have poorer outcome in the unfortunate event if she contracts covid-19. 

    It is recommended that she undergoes the covid-19 vaccination. However the vaccination center will definitely check on her medical and medication history thoroughly to ensure that she is suitable for vaccination before proceeding. You may wish to proceed to book her Covid-19 vaccination. 

    Please be reminded to press on her vaccination site longer as she is on blood thinners, to prevent a big bruise on the injection site. Hope this helps.
    Dr. Yan Y T
    Space Doctor