FLU VACCINE
ADULT FLU VACCINE back in stock
The adult vaccine is an injection into the arm and is free for high-risk individuals. For those who are not high-risk but wish to get the flu vaccine, the cost is €20.
Please phone to book an appointment to get your flu vaccine.
CHILDREN AGED 2-17
The children's vaccine is free for all children aged 2-17 and it is intra-nasal (no needle, just a small spray into each nostril).
We will be running CHILDREN'S flu vaccine clinics on the following dates (will be updated regularly):
  • Thursday 17th Dec 16:00 - 17:30
  • Friday 18th Dec 16:00 - 17:30
Click here to book an appointment for the CHILDREN'S clinic


Please do not attend if you are unwell or if you have any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose (or any other viral symptoms).

Please wear a mask on the day and ensure social distancing at all times.

 

Adults, please wear a t-shirt or loose fitting blouse/shirt as the vaccine will be given to the shoulder/upper arm.

 

Who should get the flu vaccine?

Some people are more at risk of getting complications if they catch flu.

You can get the flu vaccine for free if you:

  • are 65 years of age and over

  • are pregnant

  • are a child aged 2 to 12 years (new for 2020/2021)

  • are 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 palsy

  • 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

  • are a carer or live with someone who is at risk of flu because of a long-term health condition

  • are a carer or live with someone who has Down syndrome

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

If you are in an at-risk group, you should get the flu vaccine as early into the flu season as you can.

How the flu vaccine works

The flu vaccine helps your immune system to produce antibodies (proteins that fight infection). If you have had the flu vaccine and you come into contact with the flu virus, the vaccine can stop you from getting sick

The flu vaccine starts to work within 2 weeks.

You need to have the flu vaccine every year. This is because the antibodies that protect you decline over time. Flu strains can also change from year to year.

Flu vaccine side effects

You may have a mild fever and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the vaccine. Your arm may also be a bit sore where you got the injection.

Serious side effects of the flu vaccine are very rare.

When you should not get the flu vaccine

You should not get the flu vaccine if you:

  • have had a severe allergic (anaphylaxis) reaction to a previous flu vaccine or any part of the vaccine.

  • are taking medicines called combination checkpoint inhibitors, for example, ipilimumab plus nivolumab

  • are ill with a temperature greater than 38 degrees Celsius - you should wait until you are well before getting the vaccine.

  • If you have an egg allergy, you should talk one of our GPs about getting the vaccine.