Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programme 2018/2019

National Immunisation Advisory Committee Recommendation for the 2018/2019 Influenza Vaccination Campaign

Please note the following recommendations from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) - these will be included in revised chapters of the Immunisation Guidelines:

  • Influenza vaccination is strongly recommended annually for most cancer patients.
    • If a person receiving chemotherapy has not received influenza vaccine 2 weeks or more before commencing treatment, the vaccine should be given during chemotherapy. However, the response to the vaccine may be blunted. A second vaccine is recommended in the same influenza season, a minimum of 4 weeks following a course of chemotherapy, if lymphocyte count is ≥ 1.0 x 109/L regardless of whether they have received influenza vaccines in previous seasons.
  • Patients on combination checkpoint inhibitors (e.g. ipilimumab plus nivolumab) SHOULD NOT receive any influenza vaccines, because of significant increased incidence of immune-related adverse reactions.
  • Families and care providers of patients with cancer should be encouraged to receive an inactivated influenza vaccine, preferably before treatment is started.

Information Materials 

The following information materials are available for the 2018/2019 influenza campaign

Information is also available from the following websites

HSELanD eLearning Programme

An eLearning Programme "The Flu Vaccine - Its a Lifesaver" is now available for all HSE staff and staff from HSE Funded Services on HSELanD

The module has been developed by the Workplace Health and Wellbeing Unit to educate and inform healthcare workers about the flu vaccine. 

If you have any comments or queries about the module please contact the Workplace Health and Wellbeing Unit at

Medicine Protocols and Training Materials

The following Medicine Protocols and training materials were provided to the National Immunisation Office by the Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director. 

Please click on the links below for Flu Medicine Protocols for the 2018/2019 season

Please click on the links below for the Flu Medicine Protocols training materials for the 2018/2019 season

Any queries related to these protocols should be directed to the Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director.

This page was updated on 30 August 2018