Who is most at risk from flu?
Anyone can get the flu but it is more severe in people aged 65 years and over and anyone with a chronic medical condition. Chronic medical conditions include chronic heart conditions, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes mellitus and immunosuppression due to disease or treatment including all cancer patients. Pregnant women have also been found to be at increased risk of the complications of flu. These groups of people are targeted for influenza vaccination.Who should be vaccinated?
Vaccination is strongly recommended for:Persons aged 65 and over
Those aged 6 months and older with a long-term health condition such as
Chronic heart disease (this includes anyone who has a history of having a "heart attack" or unstable angina)
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
Morbid obesity i.e. body mass index (BMI) over 40
Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment (these include anyone on treatment for cancer)
Children aged 6 months and older
with any condition that can affect lung function especially those attending special schools/day centres with cerebral palsy or intellectual disability
on long-term aspirin therapy (because of the risk of Reyes syndrome)
Pregnant women (vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy)
Residents of nursing homes and other long stay institutions
Carers (the main carers of those in the at risk groups)
People with regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl.
How do I get vaccinated?People aged 18 years or older may attend either their GP or Pharmacist.
People under 18 years of age should attend their GP for vaccination.
Please make an appointment now.
The vaccine is free for all those in the recommended groups.
The vaccine and consultation are free to those within the recommended groups who have a 'Medical Card' or 'Doctor Only Card'.
Family doctors and Pharmacists charge a consultation fee for seasonal flu vaccination to those who do not have a 'Medical Card' or 'Doctor Only Card'.
Yellow River wrote: »
An editorial in The Times by their health correspondent Chris Smyth (23rd November 2017) stated that last years flu vaccination was only 66% effective in children, 41% effective in adults and no effect on older people!
Yellow River wrote: »
If 10% or even 5% of people over the age of 65 yrs benefited from this flu vaccination I might give your notion of herd immunity so credence. But when 0% benefitted! Personally, I think I’ll pass on the offer when the quack recommends the flu shot next winter.
Last year’s flu vaccine was 66 per cent effective in children and 41 per cent effective in adults under 65. However, it had no effect on older people.
http://bit.ly/2B2Qu7uHospital staff vaccine uptake
In 2015-2016, average influenza vaccine uptake for all hospital staff in 50 hospitals was 22.5% up from 21.3% from the previous season