Seasonal Flu Campaign 2017/2018

The seasonal flu vaccine campaign launches today for all healthcare workers in Ireland.

The 2017/2018 seasonal influenza vaccine is strongly recommended for

  • Persons aged 65 and older
  • Those aged 6 months and older with a long‐term health condition such as
    • Chronic heart disease including acute coronary syndrome
    • Chronic liver disease
    • Chronic neurological disease including multiple sclerosis, hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system
    • Chronic renal failure
    • Chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma or bronchopulmonary dysplasia
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Down syndrome
    • Haemoglobinopathies Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment, including asplenia or splenic dysfunction and all cancer patients
    • Morbid obesity, i.e. body mass index over 40
  • 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)
  • Pregnant women (vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy)
  • Healthcare workers
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long stay institutions
  • Carers
  • People with regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl


Contact your local GP, Pharmacy or Occupational health department today to make an appointment to get your flu vaccine

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This page was added 9 October 2017