Flu Vaccination 2021/22

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Flu

Who can get the flu vaccine?

Everyone can get the vaccine, with some rare exceptions:

• If you are unwell and have a temperature of 38°C or higher, you should wait until you are well before you receive the vaccine.

• You’ve had a serious allergic reaction to a flu vaccination or any of its ingredients in the past

• You’re taking a type of medication called checkpoint inhibitors

• You have extremely low levels of a type of white blood cell, called neutrophils

Who should get the flu vaccine?

There are certain groups of people who are recommended to get the flu vaccination every year, as follows: including anyone who:

• Aged 65 and over

• Is pregnant

• Has a long-term medical condition such as diabetes, heart, kidney, liver, lung or a   neurological disease

• Has cancer

• Has a weakened immune system

• Has a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40

• Has haemoglobinopathy

• Has Down syndrome

• Cares for someone who is at risk of flu due to a long-term health condition

• Lives in the same house as someone who is at risk of flu due to a long-term health condition

• Healthcare Workers

• Carers

How much is the flu vaccine?

For adults aged 18 to 64 years who are not in an at-risk group as specified by the HSE, the price for the flu vaccine is €30.

Am I eligible for a free winter flu vaccination?

The following people are eligible for a free vaccination:

• People aged 65 years and over

• If you are pregnant

• If you meet the criteria of the HSE Recommended Groups for Influenza Vaccinations 2021/2022

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.

Flu Vaccination Program

The best way to help protect yourself and others from catching and spreading the flu, is to get the flu vaccination every year. Our Service is a simple and convenient way to help protect yourself against the flu. The flu vaccine is administered by injection and is available for those aged 2 and over in all our pharmacies.

 

We have limited numbers available, please contact your pharmacy below for more information:

  • Main Street Blessington – 045-865 197
  • Primary Care Blessington – 045 900 806
  • Lower Main Street Blessington – 045 891 918
  • Baltinglass Pharmacy – 059 645 1103
  • Newbridge Pharmacy – 045-430 550
  • Portarlington Pharmacy – 057 864 2920
  • Weir’s Pharmacy Mullingar – 044 934 8462
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.