This year, the seasonal flu vaccine protects against the 4 strains of influenza recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), as the strains most likely to be circulating this season.
At Risk Groups:
Some people are more at risk of getting complications if they catch flu. This year, the HSE are extending their annual flu vaccination programme and unlike previous years they are providing free vaccination to all those in at risk groups, regardless of whether they have a medical card or not.
You can now get the flu vaccine for free from Woodview Family Doctors if you:
- are 65 years of age and over
- are pregnant
- are a child aged 2 to 12 years (new needle free vaccine for 2020/2021)
- are aged 6 -23 months or 13-64 years old with a long-term health condition, which puts you at increased risk, including those with
- chronic heart disease, including Acute Coronary Syndrome
- chronic liver or kidney disease
- chronic respiratory disease, including, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD, Emphysema), Cystic Fibrosis, moderate or severe Asthma or Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
- chronic neurological disease including Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease
- Diabetes Mellitus (Type 1 or Type 2)
- morbid obesity i.e. body mass index (BMI) over 40
- immunosuppression due to disease or treatment (including treatment for cancer), treatment for inflammatory arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease, post splenectomy
- are a child with a moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorder such as Cerebral Palsy, or Spina Bifida,
- were born with Down syndrome
- live in a nursing home or other long-term care facility
- children on long term aspirin therapy
Some people should get the vaccine to protect themselves, their families and those they care for.
These include those who:
- work in healthcare
- are a carer or a household contact of a person who is at risk of flu because of a long-term health condition (as detailed above)
- are a carer or household contact of someone who has Down syndrome
- People who are in regular contact with pigs, poultry or waterfowl.
If you are in an at-risk group, you should get the flu vaccine as early into the flu season as you can. Please phone reception on 4821111 to book an appointment if you are aged 6m – 23 months or aged 13years and older and fall into one of the above categories.
For children aged 2 – 12 years please go to the separate page on nasal flu vaccine. All bookings for this vaccination can only be made online.