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Flu Vaccine

2022/2023 Seasonal flu Vaccination Campaign

Book your flu vaccination at Chambers Pharmacy online by clicking the Booking Tab and filling out the online form.

The flu vaccine is available to all over 6 months of age.

The 2022/2023 HSE seasonal vaccination programme will offer two types of vaccine:
  • the Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine
  • the Fluenz Tetra nasal spray suspension Influenza vaccine (live attenuated, nasal vaccine) for children aged 2 to 17 years
Based on advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO), this year the seasonal flu vaccine contains four common flu virus strains: The four strains are:
  • an A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • an A/Darwin/9/2021 (H3N2)-like virus
  • a B/Austria/1359417/2021 (B/Victoria lineage)-like virus
  • a B/Phuket/3073/2013 (B/Yamagata lineage)-like virus

Based on advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO), this year the seasonal flu vaccine contains three common flu virus strains.

Who should get the vaccine this year?

  • Persons aged 65 and over,
  • Those with a long-term medical condition such as diabetes, heart or lung disease,
  • People whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment,
  • Persons with a body mass index (BMI) over 40,
  • Pregnant women (can be given at any stage of pregnancy),
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long stay institutions,
  • Healthcare workers,
  • Carers,
  • People with regular close contact with poultry, water fowl or pigs.

Why are pregnant women included?

Pregnant women should get the seasonal flu vaccination to protect themselves and their baby.

This year’s seasonal flu vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy and will also protect the baby. In the U.S. flu vaccine has been routinely recommended for all pregnant women for many years. The annual flu vaccine does not contain aluminium (adjuvant) or thiomersal, (a mercury based preservative). There are no safety concerns of administering the seasonal flu vaccine. Seasonal flu vaccines have been given for more than 60 years to millions of people across the world. Reactions are generally mild and serious side effects are very rare.

Why get a flu vaccine?

Vaccines are the best line of defence we have against a flu virus. The flu vaccine reduces infection and associated illnesses and hospitalisation, especially for those people for whom flu can become a serious illness.

According to Dr. Brenda Corcoran from the HSE’s National Immunisation Office, "Each year there is a new seasonal vaccine to protect against the circulating strains of flu virus. Flu is very infectious and can cause potentially serious illnesses especially for older people those who have a chronic illness and pregnant women. All those at risk should get the flu vaccine this year to make sure that they are protected".

"The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu as it does not contain any live flu virus. We want to ensure that people in the at-risk groups, and pregnant women, get the annual flu vaccine this year so that our most vulnerable groups are kept safe this winter from the three most common strains of flu.

In addition to flu vaccination, everyone in the risk groups should also receive *pneumococcal vaccine which is available free of charge from General Practitioners.

Pneumococcal vaccine is not required every year – most people only need to get it once, so those at risk should check with their General Practitioner.

Signs of Symptoms of Influenza

Symptoms of the flu include fever, chills, headache, aches and pains, and sometimes a sore throat and dry cough. The flu is also characterised by a very sudden onset of symptoms.

Flu versus a cold or ‘flu-like’ symptoms:

Symptoms Flu Cold
Fever High (38-39°C) (102-104° F) Rare lasts 3-4 day
Headache Prominent Rare
General Aches, Pains Usual; often severe Slight
Fatigue, Weakness Can last up to 2-3 weeks Quite mild
Extreme Exhaustion Early and prominent Never
Stuffy Nose Sometimes Common
Sneezing Sometimes Usual
Sore Throat Sometimes Common

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Kevin McCormack B.Sc. Pharm. MPSI