Our Flu Vaccine Service
We have closed our online
Flu Appointment Booking
Updated 22nd November 2020
Regretably, we have had to close our online booking for the Flu Vaccine this year due to continued shortage of the Adult Flu Vaccination. It has been extremely difficult, if not impossible, to try to pre-book appointments this flu cycle, given the lack of clarity on availability and supplies. We have done our utmost to give the vaccine to those who fell into the HSE eligibility criteria who requested it. For those who had appointments booked and deferred, we still hope to fulfill some of these appointments over the next number of weeks once our final quantity of vaccines becomes available to us. We will be in contact over the coming week for those who had their appointments deferred.
The Kids Flu Nasal Spray continues to be available and appointments can be made by ringing us directly on 01-7006080.
We would like to thank you for your understanding and patience, for what has been a difficult time for everyone, in the knowledge that this has not run anywhere near as smoothly as it could have.
Due to the already high demand of this year’s flu vaccine service, we have opened an online appointment booking form to pre-book your flu vaccine ahead of time. Corporate and Business clients can also register their interest for employee’s by filling out the relevant form below.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Flu is often self limiting with most people recovering in 2-7 days. However, flu can be severe and can cause serious illness and death, especially in the very young and in the elderly. Serious respiratory complications can develop, including pneumonia and bronchitis, to which older people and those with certain chronic medical conditions are particularly susceptible. Pregnant women have also been found to be at increased risk of the complications of flu. Some people may need hospital treatment and a number of mainly older people die from influenza each winter.
Every year an expert group of virology scientists from the World Health Organisation (WHO) try to predict what viruses are likely to be prevalent for the following winter. Once agreed pharmaceutical companies set about making a vaccine (usually in injection and nasal spray format) over a course of 6 months just in time before Flu Season hits.
The Flu Vaccine is not mandatory but is advised by all healthcare professionals and the Government to reduce the levels of Flu in circulation.
Whilst you can get mild symptoms of temperature and rheumatic symptoms for up to 48 hours it is extremely rare that you will suffer symptoms other than this. On rare occasions you can get an anaphylactic attack (caused by an allergic reaction to the vaccine). On these rare circumstances, we as pharmacists are experienced and well trained in the first aid of dealing with such a scenario should it arrise.
Unfortunately, this is one of the myths associated with flu vaccination and is completely untrue. If anything the vaccine should strengthen your immune system particularly when it comes to fighting of the flu.
The Flu Vaccine is usually delivered to pharmacies around the middle to end of September each year.
The Quatrivalent inactivated Influenza injection is given usually into the shoulder in Pregnancy to protect both the mother and the baby against the Flu
Yes, the Flu Vaccine is safe to receive during pregnancy at any trimester and is recommended by all healthcare professionals in Ireland.
The Flu Vaccine is recommended in pregnancy as the risk of catching the flu during pregnancy, for both mother and child, may cause health issues that may the pregnancy and the health of the mother.
This current approach is based on the fact that viruses are extremely smart and morph into better and different strains over time. Also our own antibodies to fight the flu virus tend to wean over time.
Usually, any child aged 2-18 years is given the Nasal Spray unless there is a medical reason they cannot?
The Flu Vaccine for 2020 contains 4 different virus strains which include:
A/Guangdong-Maonan/SWL1536/2019 (H1N1)pdm09 - like strain (A/Hawaii/66/2019, MEDI 326775),
A/Hong Kong/2671/2019 (H3N2) - like strain
(A/Hong Kong/2671/2019, MEDI 325078),
B/Washington/02/2019 - like strain
(B/Washington/02/2019, MEDI 323797),
B/Phuket/3073/2013 - like strain
(B/Phuket/3073/2013, MEDI 306444)
The most common side effects will be mild and will include soreness, redness or swelling where the injection was given. Headache, fever, aches and tiredness may occur. Some people may experience mild sweating and shivering as their immune system responds to the vaccine but this is not flu and will pass in a day or so.
The vaccine starts to work within two weeks.
The vaccine should not be given to those with a history of severe allergic (anaphylaxis) reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine or any of its constituents.
There are very few reasons why vaccination should be postponed. Vaccination should be re-scheduled if you have an acute illness or have any Covid-like symptoms with/without a temperature greater than 38°C. Also those who have recently undergone a bone marrow transplant should wait for at least 6 months to give their immune system time to repair before receiving a flu vaccine.
Only those who are in the HSE's target eligible groups for influenza vaccine should receive influenza vaccine supplied by the HSE's national cold chain service.
Eligible Health Groups who can avail of an Influenza Vaccine provided by the HSE's National Cold Chain Service incllude the following:
- All Children aged 2-12 years
- Healthcare workers, carers of those at medical risk of the complications of the flu
- People in close contact with pigs, poultry and water fowl
- Any person aged 65 years or older regardless of medical condition
- Any person aged 13-64 years at increased risk of complications of influenza because of the following conditions:
- Chronic heart disease, including acute coronary syndrome
- Chronic Liver disease
- Chronic respiratory disease including multiple sclerosis, heriditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Body Mass Index over 40
- Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment (influding treatment of cancer)
- Are a child with a moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorder such as cerbral palsy
- Were born with Down Syndrome
- Live in a nursing home or other long-term care facility