Pneumonia No. 2 cause of deaths in Singapore, but few vaccinated against it

Despite it being the No. 2 killer here, too few are being vaccinated for related infections

While some patients and caregivers are not convinced about the benefits of the pneumococcal vaccine, or fear side effects like pain at the injection site and fever, there are other deterrents such as the complexity of vaccination timings for adults a
While some patients and caregivers are not convinced about the benefits of the pneumococcal vaccine, or fear side effects like pain at the injection site and fever, there are other deterrents such as the complexity of vaccination timings for adults and the higher pricing as compared with the flu vaccine.PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO

Pneumonia is the No. 2 cause of death in Singapore, and cases of such fatalities have been rising steadily in recent years.

Yet, too few people are being vaccinated against the infections that cause it, The Straits Times has learnt.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 24, 2019, with the headline 'More pneumonia deaths but low take-up for vaccine'. Subscribe