Get your Flu Vaccine Now!
We have Flu Vaccines available in-store from mid-September 2019. Just ring us on 016273962 to book in or walk in. The flu vaccine is free for Medical Card/GP Visit Cardholders & €20 if private.
This years 2019/2020 flu vaccine protects against the 4 strains of flu virus recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the strains most likely to be circulating this season.
Strains of the Flu Virus in 2019/2020
an A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
an A/Kansas/14/2017 (H3N2)-like virus; *
a B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus (B/Victoria/2/87 lineage);
and a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata/16/88 lineage).
You should get your flu vaccination from September to be covered for flu season. The viruses change each year. This is why you need to get a new vaccine each year. Pharmacists can vaccinate adults only ie people who are 18 years and over. Younger people should get the vaccine from their GP. The flu vaccine doesn't contain any live viruses - it cannot give you the flu.
How the Flu Vaccine Works
The flu vaccine helps your immune system to produce antibodies to the influenza virus. If you have been vaccinated and you come into contact with the virus, these antibodies will attack it and stop you from getting sick. The flu vaccine starts to work within two weeks.
Groups at Risk from the Flu Virus
The HSE is urging people in at-risk groups to get the flu vaccine. It is strongly recommended to get the vaccine if you: -are 65 years of age and over -are pregnant -have a long-term health condition -work in healthcare -are a carer -live in a nursing home or other long-term care facility in regular contact with pigs, poultry or waterfowl Vaccination should be re-scheduled if you have an acute illness with a temperature greater than 38°C.