Flu Vaccinations

Flu Vaccinations

Flu Vaccines are now available for 2021-2022 season

HSE Vaccines: HSE stock is being reserved for patients over 65, healthcare and homecare workers with direct patient contact and those with specified underlying health conditions. Vaccination is free for those meeting these criteria. If you do not meet the criteria then you must book a private flu vaccination.

Private Flu Vaccines: This vaccination service is for those who do not meet the criteria for receiving a HSE vaccine.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

We recommend the flu vaccine for:

• People aged 65 years and over

• Children aged 2-17 years 

• Pregnant women 

• People (adults and children) with long-term medical conditions such as diabetes, chronic heart conditions, liver conditions, kidney conditions and chronic lung disease including COPD, or neurological diseases

• People with cancer

• People whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment

• People who are obese who have a body mass index (BMI) of over 40

• People with Down syndrome

• Residents of nursing homes and other long-stay institutions

• Healthcare workers

• Carers

• People who live in the same house as someone who is at risk of flu because of a medical condition

• People with regular close contact with poultry, water fowl or pigs.

What flu vaccines are available this flu season?

The 2021/2022 HSE seasonal flu vaccination programme will offer 3 vaccines:

• the Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (split virion, inactivated) manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur for people with long term conditions

• the Fluenz Tetra nasal spray suspension Influenza vaccine (live attenuated, nasal) manufactured by AstraZeneca AB for children aged 2 to 17 years

• the Fluad Tetra manufactured by Seqirus Netherlands B.V. for people aged 65 years and over

Why do people aged 65 years and over need the flu vaccine?

People aged 65 years and over are more at risk of severe illness, hospitalisation or death from flu. The flu vaccine is the best protection against flu. This flu season, the Fluad Tetra flu vaccine will be offered to those aged 65 years and over.

For people aged 65 years and over this is a more effective flu vaccine.

For more information, please read the HSE leaflet about flu vaccine for people aged 65 years and over.

Why should children aged 2-17 years get the flu vaccine?

Children, especially younger children, are at risk from complications of flu.

Children carry the flu virus in their system for longer than adults do, so they can spread it easily to vulnerable people around them.

The flu vaccine protects children from flu and also protects vulnerable people around them, for example their grandparents.

How safe is the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine is very safe. Flu vaccines have been given for more than 60 years to millions of people worldwide.

What are the side effects of the vaccine?

Common side effects are mild. After the flu vaccine you may get side effects including soreness, redness and swelling where the injection was given.

Headaches, muscle pains and tiredness can also develop. These side effects may last for a few days.

Serious reactions are very rare; a severe allergic reaction occurs in one in a million people.

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