When it comes to leading a healthy and happy life, one of the ways to achieve that goal is by ensuring your body is capable of fighting off any infections and diseases that get spread through the air or by other means.
An effective way to combat any potential future health problems is by taking vaccinations against specific medical conditions and diseases.
At Trinity Medical Centre, our vaccination clinics in Central, Causeway Bay and Kowloon offer clients access to a range of vaccines.
What Is a Vaccine?
A vaccine prepares your body to create the correct immune response against certain infectious diseases. Vaccines typically contain agents that resemble disease-carrying microorganisms, and they stimulate the body’s immune system to recognise them as threats.
Vaccines significantly diminish the chances of contracting specific diseases, and some even boast complete immunity. Without vaccines, more people worldwide would spread those diseases, and many would, unfortunately, succumb to their effects.
Which Vaccines Do Trinity Offer?
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine
The MMR vaccine offers protection against three serious diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella (hence the abbreviation). They are highly infectious illnesses and can quickly spread to people that have not been vaccinated against them.
Another reason to get the MMR vaccine is that those three conditions can lead to serious health problems like meningitis and hearing loss. What’s more, it can also cause complications in pregnant women.
Measles-Mumps-Rubella-Varicella (MMRV) Vaccine
Similar to the MMR vaccine, the MMRV Vaccine provides additional protection against varicella, also known as chickenpox as well. Measles can cause complications such as otitis media, bronchitis, and encephalitis. Mumps can cause hearing loss and inflammation of the ovaries or testicles; rubella can cause arthritis, encephalitis, and conjunctivitis.
Pneumococcal Vaccine (PCV13)
Pneumonia is one of the top three killers in Hong Kong. In fact, many flu patients died because of pneumonia. For chronically ill patients, pneumonia is a “death blow”. Pneumococcus often hides in the nasal cavity, and when the body’s immunity is weakened (such as a cold), it will take the opportunity to invade. Pneumococcal disease can cause serious invasive diseases including meningitis, bacteremic pneumonia, hemolytic uremic disease, and non-invasive diseases such as acute otitis media and sinusitis. People who are chronically ill or immunocompromised are three times more likely to die from pneumococcal infection than healthy individuals.
Shingles, commonly known as herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash produced by the chickenpox virus (varicella-zoster virus) reactivating in persons who have had chickenpox previously.
Seasonal influenza is a respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses. The virus can usually be transmitted through respiratory droplets and aerosols and has an incubation period of 1-4 days. The onset of symptoms is abrupt, and the initial symptoms are mostly non-specific, including lack of energy/fatigue, Runny nose, headache, cough, fever and sore throat, etc. In Hong Kong, seasonal influenza is generally more prevalent from January to March and July to August. The vaccine is suitable for those who are 6 months old or above. It can effectively protect against infection by influenza viruses.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine
Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in Hong Kong and is most commonly caused by HPV16 and 18. The HPV vaccine (9 in 1) covers 9 virus types, including HPV6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58. Cancer and its lesions caused by these 9 types of viruses can also be prevented, including cervical cancer, vulvar cancer, vaginal cancer, anal cancer, and genital warts (cauliflower).
The disease that the HPV virus can cause is not limited to women, both men and women who have sexual experience can be infected. Furthermore, women who are infected with HPV can potentially infect their newborn babies during childbirth.
What to Expect
At Trinity Medical Centre, we never offer any vaccines without first checking each client’s medical history and determining whether they might be allergic to any substance in the vaccines.
All vaccines that we offer at Trinity Medical Centre get administered via a needle, so clients can expect some slight, temporary discomfort during the injection. However, the discomfort is minimal and only lasts a few seconds.
The vaccination process only takes a few minutes, and you can typically continue with the rest of your day as usual.
Why Choose Trinity Medical Centre for Vaccinations?
Trinity Medical Centre is a leading medical facility offering a wide range of vaccines for clients. We have a professional team of fully qualified and registered doctors and nurses, and we ensure that you can make fully informed decisions about your vaccine needs.