Flu (also known as influenza) is a viral illness that affects your lungs and upper airways. It is highly infectious and can lead to serious complications for some people. However, an annual flu vaccine can help to protect you. There are different types or ‘strains’ of flu virus that go around each year. You should get a new flu vaccine every flu season to make sure you are protected. The flu season runs from October until April every year.
The vaccine is free for certain groups of people who are at higher risk. If you are eligible for a free flu vaccine, you will need to provide your PPS number at your flu vaccine appointment.
Flu can affect you at any age, but some people are more at risk than others. You are strongly advised to get the flu vaccine if you are:
– 50 years or older
– Aged from 2 to 17
– Living with a long-term health condition
– Living in a nursing home or other long-term care facility
– A carer
– Living with someone who has a serious illness
– Working in healthcare
– In regular contact with pigs or poultry
Vaccinations should take place in September and October. Please contact the surgery to arrange your vaccine appointment in one of our dedicated Flu Vaccine Clinics or complete the below form to express your interest in receiving the flu vaccine. We will contact you with an appointment. Note we are only vaccinating our patients who meet the criteria for a free vaccine as outlined by the HSE.