This year’s flu season will soon be upon us. Check back here for details of the 2017-2018 campaign.
Fortune’s Pharmacy participates in the annual Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programme.
Do I need to get the Flu Jab?
While everyone should consider getting the flu jab, it is especially important for you if you, or someone you care for,
- are aged 65 and over
- have a chronic illness requiring regular follow up, e.g. chronic respiratory disease including cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), moderate or severe asthma, chronic heart disease including acute coronary syndrome, chronic neurological disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, chronic liver disease, chronic neurological disease including multiple sclerosis, hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system, etc.
- have an haemoglobinopathy
- are immunosuppressed due to disease or treatment including those with missing or non-functioning spleen
- are a cancer patient (some cancer patients will require 2 doses)
- have Down Syndrome
- have a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40
- are pregnant (the vaccine can be given at any stage)
- are resident in a nursing homes or other long stay institution
- are a healthcare worker
- are a carer
- are a household contact of persons in increased medical risk categories
- are in regular close contact with poultry, water fowl or pigs
The 2017/2018 campaign will run from September 2017 to April 2018. You can get the flu jab at anytime during the campaign but getting it as early as possible will lessen your chances of getting the flu during the Winter. Our trained pharmacists can vaccinate you if you are over 18 years of age using the deltoid site (upper arm) for vaccine administration.
Is there a charge?
In the 2017/2018 campaign we will provide the vaccine free of charge to all patients over 65 years who hold a Medical Card, Doctor Visit Card or Health Amendment Act eligibility. We will also be providing the vaccine free of charge to patients between the ages of 18 and 64 who are in the at-risk groups above and who hold a Medical Card, Doctor Visit Card or Health Amendment Act eligibility. Other patients over 65 and those under 65 in the at-risk groups above are subject to a vaccine administration fee. All other patients under 65 pay a vaccine administration fee in addition to the cost of the vaccine.
Vaccination is carried out by prior appointment. Please contact us today to arrange a date and time for your flu jab. If you are taking the blood thinner warfarin, we recommend that you wait until 3 or 4 days before your next INR check before getting your flu jab or arrange to have an INR check done 3 to 4 days after your jab.
What to I need to bring with me?
If you are an Irish national please bring your PPS Number with you when attending for your vaccination. This is a requirement of the Health Services Executive (HSE). We will also need details of your Medical Card, GP Visit Card, or Health Amendment Act Card, if you have one.
If you are not an Irish national we can still vaccinate you.
We will need to gain access to the entire of your arm right up to the top of the shoulder so make sure to wear something appropriate.
This years flu vaccine will provide protection against the following three strains of flu which includes H1N1 or swine flu.
- A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
- A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus
- B/Brisbane/60/2008-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus
A quadrivalent vaccine is also available. This vaccine protects against B/Phuket/3073/2013-like strain in addition to the above strains. We can administer this vaccine as a private service by appointment only.
For further information visit www.immunisation.ie