The flu vac­cine

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

I’m think­ing of get­ting the flu vac­cine. Can you tell me about this vac­cine?

In­fluenza, usu­ally known as the flu, is highly in­fec­tious and any­one can get it. How­ever some groups are at greater risk of com­pli­ca­tions if they get the flu. This in­cludes peo­ple over the age of 65, preg­nant women and peo­ple who have a chronic med­i­cal con­di­tion.

The flu vac­cine can help pro­tect you from get­ting the flu. The flu virus changes every year and this is why there is a new vac­cine each year. Vac­ci­na­tion is strongly rec­om­mended if you:

* Are aged 65 or over

* Have a long-term med­i­cal con­di­tion, for ex­am­ple, di­a­betes or

chronic heart, kid­ney, liver, lung or neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­ease * Have an im­paired im­mune sys­tem due to dis­ease or treat­ment * Have a body mass in­dex (BMI) over 40

* Are preg­nant

* Live in a nurs­ing home or other long-stay in­sti­tu­tion

* Are a carer or a health­care worker

* Have reg­u­lar con­tact with poul­try, wa­ter fowl or pigs

If you are aged 18 or over, you can get the vac­cine from your GP (fam­ily doctor) or phar­ma­cist. Chil­dren can get the vac­cine from a GP.

The vac­cine it­self is free of charge if you are in one of the rec­om­mended groups. How­ever, doc­tors and phar­ma­cists may charge a con­sul­ta­tion fee when they give you the vac­cine.

If you have a med­i­cal card or GP visit card, you can get the vac­cine with­out be­ing charged a con­sul­ta­tion fee. You can read more about the flu and the vac­cine on hse.ie.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able from the Cit­i­zens In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre be­low.

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