Influenza Vaccine Information

Eligibility 

You can get the flu vaccine for free if you are in the at-risk group 

The list below is who can avail of a free influenza’s vaccine from the HSE 

These include 

  • Anyone from 6 months to 64 years with increased risk * 

  • Those 65 years of age or older 

  • Pregnant women – of any gestation 

  • Children aged 2 to 12 years of age 

  • Healthcare workers including GP Staff , Nursing  home staff 

  • Carers or household contacts of people with increased risk 

  • Are in regular contact with pigs , poultry or waterfowl 

*At risk groups include 

  • chronic heart disease, including acute coronary syndrome

  • chronic liver disease

  • chronic renal failure

  • chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma or bronchopulmonary dysplasia

  • chronic neurological disease including multiple sclerosis, hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system

  • diabetes mellitus

  • haemoglobinopathies

  • morbid obesity i.e. body mass index (BMI) over 40

  • immunosuppression due to disease or treatment (including treatment for cancer)

  • are a child with a moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorder such as cerebral palsy

  • were born with Down syndrome

Walk- In Flu Clinic Daily 
Mon - Fri between 3pm & 4pm 

We can now accept walk-in patients both adult and children without an appointment for  flu vaccines

ON THE DAY YOU WISH TO GET VACCINATED 

  • DO NOT ATTEND ON THE DAY IF YOU FEEL UNWELL IN ANYWAY 

  • ARRIVE AT SURGERY BETWEEN 3PM - 4PM MON - FRI

  • WEAR A LOOSE  SHORT SLEEVED TOP 

  • BUZZ THE DOOR AND INFORM RECEPTION YOU WISH TO HAVE A FLU VACCINE

  • WE WILL TAKE YOUR DETAILS AND ASK YOU TO WAIT IN DRIVE WAY WHILE WE PREPARE THE ROOM 

  • YOU  WILL THEN BE CALLED TO DOOR AND TEMPERATURE CHECKED

  • ASKED TO SANTIZE YOUR HANDS 

  • MUST WEAR A  FACEMASK 

  • SIGN THE CONSENT FORM

  • ONCE VACCINATED  LEAVE THE PRACTICE 

  • WAIT IN THE VACINITY OF THE SURGERY ( IDEALLY IN A CAR) FOR 15 MINS . 

  • IF YOU FEEL UNWELL AT ANY STAGE DURING THE 15 MINS PLEASE NOTIFY A MEMBER OF STAFF AT THE PRACTICE .  

ABOUT THE FLU VACCINE

Flu vaccine helps your immune system to produce antibodies.

These antibodies attack the virus and stop you for getting sick.

The flu vaccine starts to work within 2 weeks.

THE FLU VACCINE CANNOT GIVE YOU THE FLU

Potential effects of the Vaccine

Mild soreness or redness or swelling at the injection site

Transient aches, temporary tiredness or headache may occur

All these effects are usually mild and brief ( <24 hours) and self-resolving.

DO NOT GET THE FLU VACCINE IF :

You have ever had an anaphylaxis reaction to the Flu Vaccine before

You are on a combination check point inhibitor (ipilimumab plus nivolumab)

EGG ALLERGY SUFFERS.

 Flu vaccine is safe for those with an egg allergy or egg anaphylaxis 

EXCEPT those who previously require ICU admission for an egg reaction