Flu Vaccine Clinics
Flu Clinics for our Patients Aged 65 years and older
& Patients aged 2-65 in the HSE Advised "At Risk Groups"
Clinics are being run an a weekly basis, but are strictly for those patients aged over 65 or categorised in the "At Risk Groups", please only phone us to book an appointment if you meet the HSE Criteria, alternatively if you are not in an "AT Risk Group" the local pharmacies are running Vaccine Clinics from early October 2021
For Additional Information
Children's Flu Vaccine
Influenza (flu) is a very infectious illness caused by the flu virus. Flu spreads easily and infects both children and adults.
Children are twice as likely to get the flu than adults. Children are also more likely than adults to get severe complications of flu.
Children who are sick with flu miss days in crèche, childcare and school. They also miss out on their usual activities such as hobbies and sports.
The flu vaccine will help protect your child against flu and reduce the spread of flu to others. For example their brothers and sisters, parents and grandparents.
Children and young people aged 2 to 17 can get the nasal flu vaccine for free.
The flu vaccine for children has been given to children in the US since 2003 and in the UK since 2013.
How the vaccine is given
The vaccine is given as a single spray in each nostril of your child's nose.
Your child can breathe normally while getting the vaccine. There is no need to take a deep breath or sniff.
The vaccine is not painful and is absorbed quickly. It will work even if your child has a runny nose, sneezes or blows their nose after the vaccination.
Most children need only 1 dose of the vaccine each year. Some children aged 2 - 8 years with chronic health conditions like chronic heart or lung conditions may need 2 doses if they have never had a flu vaccine. The doses are given 4 weeks apart.
Where to get the vaccine
Your child can get the vaccine at your GP or pharmacy from October until the middle of February 2022.
Who should not get the nasal flu vaccine
Your child should not get the vaccine if they:
- have had a severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of the flu vaccine or any of its ingredients
- have severe asthma or if they have been wheezy or needed their inhaler more than usual in the 3 days before the vaccination
- are taking medicines called salicylates, which include aspirin
- have taken influenza antiviral medication within the previous 48 hours
- have a severely weakened immune system because of certain medical conditions or treatments
- are living with someone who has a severely weakened immune system - for example, a person who has to live in insolation in the months following a bone marrow transplant
- have a condition which means they have a leak of the CSF (the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord)
- have severe neutropoenia (low levels of a type of white blood cell)
- are on combination checkpoint inhibitors (e.g. ipilumumab plus nivolumab) which are used to treat cancer
- are pregnant
Your child may not be able to have the nasal flu vaccine if they have had a cochlear implant. The advice of the specialist looking after your child will be needed to see if your child can have the nasal flu vaccine.
Seek specialist advice if your child needs regular oral steroids or they have previously required ICU care for asthma.
If your child cannot have the nasal flu vaccine, you should speak to your GP or pharmacist about getting the vaccine as an injection.
If your child is 6 months to 2 years of age and is in a high-risk group for flu, they'll be offered a flu vaccine injection. This is because the nasal spray is not licensed for children under the age of 2.