Time for Your Flu Vaccine
With Winter fast approaching, its time to think about getting your annual flu vaccine. Flu can be responsible for 200 to 500 deaths in Ireland in a typical season with more hospitalised or missing work or school. While flu can affect anybody, it is particularly serious in the elderly, pregnant women and those with certain chronic illnesses. These people should get the flu vaccine. The vaccine is also recommended for household contacts of people in high risk categories as well as for healthcare workers.
The annual flu jab is free to most at risk people*. For others a vaccine administration charge will apply. This year’s vaccine protects against four strains of flu expected to be in circulation this Winter.
Who can get the vaccine?
Our highly trained pharmacists can administer the vaccine to persons aged 10 years and over. You will be asked some questions by the pharmacist to make sure the vaccine is safe and appropriate for you. We won’t be able to administer the vaccine if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a previous vaccine or if you have a temperature on the day. The vaccine is also not suitable for patients taking medicines known as combination checkpoint inhibitors. We will explain the vaccination process and common side effects to you and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Pregnant women can get the vaccine at any stage of pregnancy.
We will need to get the consent of a parent or guardian when vaccinating patients aged between 10 and 16 years.
Do I need to make an appointment?
We would encourage you to make an appointment but don’t worry if you haven’t – we will do our best to accommodate you at whatever time suits you. Please remember to bring your PPS number with you.
What to do next?
Don’t delay. Book your flu vaccine today. Simply phone us at 053 914 2354 or drop into the pharmacy and we’ll get the ball rolling. We also provide a pneumococcal disease and shingles vaccination service. For further information visit our influenza page.
* Please see our flu vaccine page for information on who is entitled to a free vaccine