Flu Campaign 2018/2019

The seasonal flu vaccine campaign launches today.

We are strongly encouraging everyone in an at risk groups to get the flu vaccine. 

This includes anyone, 6 months and over, who has a long-term health condition such as:

  • chronic heart disease, including acute coronary syndrome
  • chronic liver disease
  • chronic renal failure
  • chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma or bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • chronic neurological disease including multiple sclerosis, hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system
    diabetes mellitus
  • down syndrome
  • haemoglobinopathies
  • morbid obesity i.e. body mass index (BMI) over 40
  • immunosuppression due to disease or treatment (including treatment for cancer)

children aged 6 months and older:

  • with any condition (e.g. cognitive dysfunction, spinal cord injury, seizure disorder, or other neuromuscular disorder) that can compromise respiratory function especially those attending special schools/day centres
  • with moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorders such as cerebral palsy and intellectual disability
  • on long-term aspirin therapy (because of the risk of Reyes syndrome).

The vaccine is also recommended for 

  • Pregnant women (vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy) 
  • Healthcare workers
    • Medical, nursing and allied health professionals
    • Medical, nursing and allied health students
    • Dental personnel
    • Hospital porters and cleaners
    • Ambulance personnel
    • Carers and home helps
    • All GP practice staff
    • Agency staff who fall into the above categories
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long stay institutions
  • Carers
  • People with regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl

How can I get the vaccine if I am in an at-risk group? 

People aged 18 years or older may attend either their GP or Pharmacist.

People under 18 years of age should attend their GP for vaccination.

Healthcare workers can get the flu vaccine through Occupational Health.

If you have a ‘Medical Card’ or ‘GP Visit Card’ the vaccine and consultation are free.

If you do not have a ‘Medical Card’ or ‘GP Visit Card’ the fl u vaccine is free but you will be charged a consultation fee.

Please make an appointment today to to get the flu vaccine. 

Further information is available from

We will be sharing information about the flu campaign through our twitter account @hseimm and using the hashtag #YourBestShot. Please copy us in your local initiatives so we can share them with others. 

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This page was added 4 October 2018