fluWhat is flu?

Symptoms of flu include:

Fever, headache, sore throat, aches and pains all over.

Flu is caused by a virus, it is fairly common in Ireland during the winter months.

For most people it’s not life-threatening but it is very uncomfortable and accounts for thousands of lost hours in the workplace.

Who should get the winter flu vaccine?      

Vaccination is strongly recommended for:

  • Persons aged 65 and over
  • Those with a long-term health condition such as
    – Chronic heart disease
    – Chronic liver disease
    – Chronic renal failure
    – Chronic respiratory disease
    – Chronic neurological disease
    – Diabetes mellitus
    – Down syndrome
  • Pregnant women (vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy)
  • People whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment
  • Persons with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40
  • Healthcare workers
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long stay institutions
  • Carers

People with regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl.

Why get a flu vaccination?

The current winter flu vaccination is designed to protect against the viruses responsible for most cases of flu.

The Winter Flu Vaccination service is available from late September.

Who should NOT get the winter flu vaccine?

The vaccine should not be given to those with a history of severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine or any of its constituents.

Is winter flu vaccination FREE?

  • If you are aged 18 years or over, are one of the people for whom vaccination is strongly recommended and have a Medical card, Doctor Visit Card or HAA* card you are entitled to receive the winter flu vaccine and consultation free of charge from your pharmacist
  • If you are aged 18 years or over, are one of the people for whom vaccination is strongly recommended or simply wish to protect yourself this winter but don’t have a Medical card, Doctor Visit card or HAA* card you can get the winter flu vaccination from your Pharmacist but a fee will apply

If you are unsure about your eligibility for a free vaccination speak to your Pharmacist.

Any time between 9.00am and 6pm (Mon-Sat)

*Health Amendment Act 1996