Flu Vaccination Service

What is flu?

Fever, headache, sore throat and all-over aches and pains are all symptoms that can be associated with flu. Caused by an existing flu virus, it is a common infection in Ireland that usually occurs during the winter months.

For most people it’s an unpleasant, but not life-threatening infection. We provide a convenient and reassuring Flu Vaccination Service to help you avoid infection.

Who should get the winter flu vaccine?

Vaccination is strongly recommended for:

• People aged 65 and over

• Those with a long-term medical condition such as diabetes, heart, kidney, liver, lung or neurological disease

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

• People with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40

• People with haemoglobinopathy 

• People with Down’s syndrome

• 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

• A household contact to at-risk person 

Who should NOT get the winter flu vaccine?

The vaccine should not be given to those with a history of severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine or any of its constituents.

Will I be eligible for a free winter flu vaccination?

If you are aged 10 years or over, are one of the people for whom vaccination is strongly recommended and have a Medical Card, Doctor Visit Card, HAA** Card or 2015A*** Card you are entitled to receive the winter flu vaccination and consultation free of charge from your pharmacist.

If you are unsure about your eligibility for a free vaccination, call us on (01) 8746972.

*Vaccination service subject to specially trained pharmacist and stock availability. A charge of up to €30 may apply. Eligibility criteria applies.

**Health Amendment Act 1996

***Issued under the Redress for Women Resident in Certain Institutions Act 2015