Flu Vaccine

Flu vaccination is free to everyone in the at-risk groups listed below.

You have selected a private HSE vaccine. If you are in any of the at-risk groups below please book an appointment for a Free HSE Flu Vaccine instead.

- All those aged 65 years and older
- All children aged 2 - 17 inclusive
- All pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy)
- Chronic respiratory disease including cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma, COPD
- Chronic heart disease
- Chronic renal (kidney) disease
- Diabetes liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease including multiple sclerosis
- Hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system etc.
- Cancer patients
- Residents of nursing homes and other long stay facilities
- Children with conditions that compromise respiratory function e.g. spinal cord injury, seizure or other neuromuscular disorder
- Morbid obesity i.e. Body Mass index over 40
- Those who are immunosuppressed due to disease or treatment including those with missing or non-functioning
- Healthcare workers
- Carers of persons with increased medical risk
- Household contacts of persons with increased medical risk
- People who have close, regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl
- Down Syndrome
- Children on long-term aspirin therapy

This Flu Vaccine for Winter 2021/2022 contains protection against the following strains of influenza as recommended by the WHO:

A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1)pdm09 - like virus
A/Cambodia/e0826360/2020 (H3N2) - like virus
B/Washington/02/2019 - like virus
B/Phuket/3073/2013 - like virus
Vaccines also contain residues and other ingredients, and it is important to tell us if you have any known allergies or have had a severe reaction to a previous vaccine.

Advice to patient:

- Do not attend if you feel unwell, have a fever, or any covid symptoms, or if you are a close contact of someone with Covid.
- Wear a face mask;
- Wear loose fitting clothing to allow an injection in the upper arm;
- You will be asked to wait in the pharmacy for 5 mins after vaccination, and remain in close proximity for a further 10 minutes.
- Before vaccination you will have to confirm you have no symptoms of COVID and had no close contact with anyone with COVID in the past 14 days.

Antigen Test