Please Contact The Pharmacy 00353 42 933 1336 To Book Your Flu Vaccine.
What is influenza (flu)?
Influenza is a highly infectious viral illness of the respiratory tract that can be life-threatening.
Influenza affects people of all ages. Outbreaks of influenza occur almost every year, usually in winter. This is why it is also known as seasonal flu.
Who is eligible for free vaccination?
Administration of the Flu Vaccine is free to all Medical Card, Doctor Visit Card & HAA card holders who belong to one of the at-risk groups listed below.
Risk Groups Requiring Vaccine
(*aQIV is only indicated for patients aged 65 years or older)
- are 65 years of age and over – these patients should receive adjuvanted QIV (aQIV)
- are pregnant
- are a child aged 2 to 17 years for who LAIV is contraindicated
- are an adult or child aged 6 months or older with a long-term health condition like?
- 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
- 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
- live in a nursing home or other long-term care facility
Some people should get the vaccine to protect themselves, their families and those they care for. These include those who:
- work in healthcare
- household contacts or carers of people who have an underlying chronic health condition or have Down syndrome are eligible to receive an influenza vaccine.
- A carer is described as someone who is providing an ongoing significant level of care to a person who is in need of care in the home due to illness or disability or frailty e.g., those in receipt of a carer’s allowance.
- household contacts of people aged 65 years and older (who do not also have a chronic health condition), pregnant women, children aged 2-17 years or of healthcare workers or carers are not recommended the influenza vaccine.
- People who are in regular contact with pigs, poultry or waterfowl should get the flu vaccine.
Backhouse Pharmacy’s Flu Vaccination service is available to everyone over 18 years old. All Pharmacists administering vaccines have completed comprehensive training and are fully certified to administer the flu vaccine.
Corporate Flu Vaccinations
Seasonal flu is a major cause of illness and absenteeism among working adults. 95% of all short-term absences in Ireland are caused by minor illness such as colds and flu. For most sufferers, flu symptoms will last for about a week, but a feeling of weakness can persist for some time, reducing individual productivity and increasing workload and stress. Flu vaccinations prevent flu in up to 90% of healthy adults aged less than 65. Flu vaccination represents a very cost-effective way of keeping employees at work.
If you are an employer and would like to receive further information, please contact us for further details.
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