The flu vac­ci­na­tion

Wexford People - - NEWS - Know Your Rights has been com­piled by Wex­ford Cit­i­zens In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice, 28 Hen­ri­etta Street, Wex­ford which pro­vides a free and con­fi­den­tial ser­vice to the pub­lic. Tel: 0761 076 720. Open Mon­day to Fri­day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, with last in­ter­view at 3.30

I have been rec­om­mended to get a flu vac­ci­na­tion. Can I get it for free? 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 and over

• Have a long-term med­i­cal con­di­tion such as di­a­betes, 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

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.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able from the Cit­i­zens In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice be­low.

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