What is the Flu?
Influenza, commonly known as “the flu” is an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus. Symptoms can be mild to severe. The most common include: High fever, Runny Nose, Sore throat, Muscle aches, Headache, Coughing and feeling tired. Outbreaks occur almost every year, generally in winter time.
Who should get the Flu Vaccine?
Anyone can get the flu jab, but it is recommended for people who fall into the high risk categories. If you:
Are over 65 years old
Those who have long –term medical conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease, moderate or severe asthma, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis or MS
Those who have impaired immune systems due to disease or treatment
Are a healthcare worker or carer
Are resident in a nursing home or long stay institution
Have a body mass (BMI) over 40
All pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
Have regular close contact with poultry, water fowl or pigs
Have household contact with a person of increased medical risk
Eligibility is subject to change each year by the HSE, so just ask in the pharmacy if you fall into the at risk category.
Who is eligible for FREE vaccination?
Administration is free if you have a Medical Card, Doctor Visit Card, and HAA card holders who are over 65 or who belong to any of the at risk categories above. Bring along your PPS number when you are attending for your vaccination. For more information visit: http://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/pubinfo/fluvaccine/