Rapid urbanisation, climate change and poor vector control will continue to cause a rise in the number of dengue infections. Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority’s recent dengue vaccine approval together with vector control measures will play a crucial role in helping to combat the spread of the virus. Proper education on mosquito breeding areas and avoidance of activities during times when the mosquito comes out to feed at dawn and dusk, use of repellents and wearing bright coloured clothes will help in reducing the chance of getting infected.
The vaccine is indicated for use for 12-45 year olds and trials are on-going for other age groups. It is therefore necessary that vulnerable individuals other than the indicated age group should consult their doctor if they have any concerns.