Flu vac­cine

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It is es­ti­mated that last year the flu — a highly in­fec­tious ill­ness with the sea­son last­ing from Oc­to­ber to April, was re­spon­si­ble for be­tween 200 and 500 deaths in Ire­land, mostly among the older gen­er­a­tion. With ex­perts pre­dict­ing a par­tic­u­larly bad flu sea­son this year, phar­ma­cists are ad­vis­ing peo­ple to get their flu vac­cine early. Peo­ple in at-risk cat­e­gories are ad­vised to avail of the vac­cine and any­one who holds a med­i­cal card can get the vac­cine free of charge at their lo­cal phar­macy, says Ir­ish Phar­macy Union (IPU) pres­i­dent Daragh Con­nolly. Ac­cord­ing to the IPU, the num­ber of pa­tients vac­ci­nated in phar­ma­cies con­tin­ues to in­crease each year, with the 2016/17 sea­son see­ing 78,935 peo­ple vac­ci­nated across 762 phar­ma­cies — an in­crease of 26% on the pre­vi­ous sea­son.

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