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Should we be vaccinated against other diseases during Covid pandemic
Should we be vaccinated against other diseases during Covid pandemic

During this Covid-19 outbreak, should we be vaccinated against other diseases? Since it was said that antigens when injected into the body can cause fever, weaken the body and make it easier for the SARS-CoV-2 virus to penetrate?

Answer

Answered by MD Bui Ngoc An Pha, Medical Advisor and Former Medical Director of VNVC:

Actually, vaccination is very necessary since it brings various benefits:

  • Firstly, vaccination guards us against other infectious diseases (other than SARS-CoV-2), prevents the confusion of symptoms and brings security to the community. For example, there are some diseases with symptoms very similar to SARS-CoV-2 such as seasonal flu, or respiratory diseases, etc. If unfortunately we have a cough or fever during this time, we will become confused as to whether these symptoms are caused by SARS-CoV-2 or other diseases.
  • Secondly, vaccination helps us prevent the right diseases, ruling out the case of having two infections at the same time, which will be very threatening and difficult to treat.

In cases of fever, it is essential to consider whether the affected person has had previous contact with the source of infection, whether the person came from an endemic area, and whether the person has been exposed to an infected individual. If the above factors are not the case, the fever is absolutely not associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Fever after vaccination is usually mild and does not need any treatment.

For appointment or vaccination request, please call the hotline 028.7300.6595 or leave a message at our Fanpage VNVC. 

Should I get a rabies vaccination as a preventive measure?
Should I get a rabies vaccination as a preventive measure?

Should I get a rabies vaccination as a preventive measure?

Answer

Answered by MD Bui Ngoc An Pha, Medical Advisor, and Former Medical Director of VNVC:

We know that if we unfortunately have rabies, the mortality rate is 100%. If you are vaccinated after a bite or a scratch, there are two disadvantages:

 

  • Firstly: Regarding the injection schedule for cases of dog bites, the number of injections and the injection interval are very strict. The injection interval would be 0 – 3 – 7 – 14 – 28, ie 5 continuous injections.
  • Secondly: If we unfortunately have animal bites, the bite is quite severe, requiring serum transfusion, which is not a simple technique.

 

Therefore, it is recommended by experts that if we are located in areas with a high risk of dog bites, we should take the initiative to prevent rabies by getting vaccinated. This will bring us 2 advantages:

 

  • Firstly: We will just need to have 3 injections and totally can take the initiative in terms of time, with an injection interval of 0 – 7 – 21 or 28.
  • Secondly: When we unfortunately have dog bites, the injection schedule is extremely simple, with just 2 injections and no need for serum injection.

 

When it comes to rabies vaccine technology, our customers are usually concerned that nerves could be adversely affected. But nowadays, rabies vaccines have been produced with modern technology, grown on vero cells, so the current rabies vaccine is extremely safe, and we can take the initiative to inject it immediately, even if we have not been bitten or scratched by an animal.

Vietnam is circulating popular rabies vaccines such as: Verorab (France), and Abhayrab (India). To schedule a vaccination at VNVC, you can call the hotline 028.7300.6595 or leave a message for VNVC fanpage (Vaccination Center for Children and Adults).

Are there Hep A, B vaccinations for adults?
Are there Hep A, B vaccinations for adults?

Since hepatitis has been a concern for many people, are there any vaccines for adults that help prevent Hepatitis A, B, and C?

Answer

Answered by Dr. Truong Huu Khanh – Head of the Infectious and Neurological Diseases Department, Children’s Hospital No. 1, Ho Chi Minh City, and Medical Advisor of the VNVC:

Hepatitis has various groups: A, B, C, D, E; but the three most common groups are hepatitis A, B and C. There are vaccines for Hepatitis A and B while the vaccine for hepatitis C is not yet available though there are very effective medications for this group.

Currently, Vietnam also has a vaccine for hepatitis A + B. If you have been vaccinated against hepatitis B but not hepatitis A, you can choose hepatitis A + B vaccine. If you have had a full course of hepatitis A but not been vaccinated against hepatitis B, you totally can get the vaccine for hepatitis A + B to achieve the frame and dose needed for hepatitis B.

Flu vaccines available in Vietnam
Flu vaccines available in Vietnam

Which flu vaccines are currently available in Vietnam?

Answer

Answered by MD Bui Ngoc An Pha, Medical Advisor, and Former Medical Director of VNVC:
Currently, VNVC has brought the quadrivalent influenza vaccine Vaxigrip Tetra (France) into use, which is the only vaccine that can prevent the four most dangerous strains of influenza nowadays: influenza A (A/H3N2, A/H1N1), influenza B (Yamagata, Victoria). This quadrivalent vaccine has been researched, produced and brought into use by Sanofi Pasteur (France) since 2016, and so far has been present in 102 countries worldwide. The vaccine provides up to 80% protection against two strains of influenza virus, influenza A (A/H3N2, A/H1N1) and influenza B (Yamagata, Victoria).
For further information or appointment, please call our hotline 028.7300.6595 or leave a message at the VNVC Fanpage or contact VNVC centers across the country directly.