Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programme 2021/2022

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The 2021 / 2022 flu vaccine

This year's seasonal flu vaccine contains protection against 4 strains of flu virus. These are recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the strains most likely to be circulating this season.

The four strains are:

  • an A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • an A/Cambodia/e0826360/2020 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • a B/Washington/02/2019 (B/Victoria lineage)-like virus; and
  • a B/Phuket/3073/2013 (B/Yamagata lineage)-like virus.

The 2021/2022 HSE seasonal vaccination programme will offer 3 vaccines:

Product Name Vaccine Type Age Manufacturer Information
Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine
  • quadrivalent influenza vaccines, QIV
  • cultured in fertilised hens’ eggs
  • split virion, inactivated
From 6 months Sanofi Pasteur Patient Information Leaflet and the Summary of Product Characteristics are available from www.hpra.ie
Fluad Tetra
  • adjuvanted (MF59C.1) quadrivalent influenza vaccines, aQIV
  • cultured in fertilised hens’ eggs
  • surface antigen, inactivated
Aged 65 years and over Seqirus Patient Information Leaflet and the Summary of Product Characteristics are available from www.ema.ie
Fluenz Tetra
  • quadrivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine, LAIV
  • produced in Vero cells and cultured in hens’ eggs
  • nasal spray suspension 
  • live attenuated
24 months to less than 18 years AstraZeneca AB Patient Information Leaflet and the Summary of Product Characteristics are available from www.hpra.ie

Information is also available from the following websites

HSELanD eLearning Programmes

The National Immunisation Office have developed 2 eLearning Programmes available on HSeLanD for all HSeLanD learners.

  • "Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (LAIV)" updated September 2021
  • "Quadrivalent & Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (QIV & aQIV)" created September 2021

If you have any comments or queries about the programmes, please contact our office at immunisation@hse.ie

The Workplace Health and Wellbeing unit have also developed an eLearning Programme available on HSELanD

  • "The Flu Vaccine - Protect yourself, Protect others" 

If you have any comments or queries about the module please contact the Workplace Health and Wellbeing Unit at hr.wellbeing@hse.ie 

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 2020/2021 season

The Online Seasonal Influenza Peer Vaccination Programme is available from HSELand

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

Protocols to be used in General Practice  

If you are working in general practice please contact Kathy McSharry, HSE Professional Development Coordinator (PDC) for Practice Nursing to request a sample medicine protocol that can be adapted for your practice.

Position Paper for the Provision of Influenza Vaccination for Section 39s and other healthcare organisations

Consent Form

 This page was updated on 6 October 2021