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Flu Vaccination this Autumn

We are expecting the first delivery of Flu Vaccines next week and will be operating dedicated flu vaccination clinics in October .

A booking system for these clinics will be available by text message and on this website in the next few weeks. This news item will be updated when precise arrangements are in place .

Meanwhile please note the following :

There are three Flu Vaccines as follows:

     1.Fluad Tetra: this is an adjuvant quadrivalent inactivated Influenza vaccine (aQIV) for people aged 65 years and over. This injection contains an ‘ adjuvant ‘ that makes it more effective – especially important for older people .

Link to more information ->Flu vaccine if you are over 65 years 

     2.Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (QIV) (split virion, inactivated): This injected vaccine is recommended for children aged 6 months – 23 months and for adults aged 18 to 64 years with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, healthcare workers and carers. This is the usual flu vaccine we have been giving every year with some updating of the vaccine annually depending on what strain of flu is expected in a given year .

Link to more information -> Pregnant and the Flu Vaccine 

     3. Fluenz Tetra, a live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV): This is an intranasal application / spray and is recommended for all children aged 2 years to 17 years at the time of vaccination.This is the same nasal spray vaccine we were administering to young people last year but this year is extended to all young people FREE  of charge up to 17 years old.

Link to more information -> Flu vaccine if aged 2-17 years 

 

What patients are eligible to receive the Flu Vaccine under this national programme?

  • All persons aged 65 years and over
  • Children aged 2 to 17
  • Patients aged 6-23 months and 18-64 years at increased risk of influenza-related complications Residents of Nursing Homes and other long stay facilities
  • Healthcare workers
  • Household contacts of people with underlying conditions or Down Syndrome
  • Out of Home Care Givers

All of the above are eligible to receive the flu vaccine under this National Programme (GMS and Private). This is a FREE Vaccine and FREE Service to all eligible people.

 

Who are ‘high risk ‘ people 6/12 – 23 months and aged 18-64 years who should receive the flu vaccine ( QIV Inactive Vaccine)?

If you fall into one of the categories listed below please make sure and get your flu vaccine when it becomes available .

  •  pregnant
  •  an adult or child aged 6 months or older with a long-term health condition like
    • chronic heart disease, including acute coronary syndrome
    • chronic liver disease
    • chronic renal failure
    • chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma or bronchopulmonary dysplasia
    • chronic neurological disease including multiple sclerosis, hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system
    • diabetes mellitus
    • haemoglobinopathies
    • morbid obesity i.e. body mass index (BMI) over 40
    • immunosuppression due to disease or treatment (including treatment for cancer)
    • are a child with a moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorder such as cerebral pals
  • were born with Down syndrome
  • live in a nursing home or other long-term care facility

Some people should get the vaccine to protect themselves, their families and those they care for.

These include those who:

  • work in healthcare
  • only household contacts or carers of people who have an underlying chronic health condition or have Down syndrome are eligible to receive an influenza vaccine. A carer is described as someone who is providing an ongoing significant level of care to a person who is in need of care in the home due to illness or disability or frailty e.g. those in receipt of a carer’s allowance.
    • household contacts of people aged 65 years and older (who do not also have a chronic health condition), pregnant women, children aged 2-17 years or of healthcare workers or carers are not recommended the influenza vaccine.

People who are in regular contact with pigs, poultry or waterfowl should get the flu vaccine.

 

The HSE website has as always a very informative section explaining hopefully most / all you need to know about flu vaccinations:

-> HSE Flu vaccine Information 

 

 

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