Flu Vaccine Clinics
Flu Clinics for our Patients in the "At Risk Groups"
Clinics are being run an a weekly basis, but are limited to those from the age of 13 in the "At Risk Groups", please phone us to register your name on our waiting list
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Children's Flu Vaccine
A flu vaccination programme for all 2-12 year olds is being introduced in Ireland for the first time this year.
Children, especially younger children are at risk from complications of flu. The flu vaccine protects children from the flu & also protects vulnerable people around them eg their grandparents.
While this vaccine programme is new to Ireland, the vaccine itself is not new. It has been used in several European countries, Canada, USA, UK & Australia for many years.
The vaccine is in the form of a nasal spray (no needles involved). It is a live attenuated vaccine.
All healthy children in the 2-12 age group will require just one vaccination i.e. a spray in each nostril on one occasion.
Children who are in a medically at risk group & aged between 2 & 8 years 364 days old, and who have never had the flu vaccine before will need to attend the surgery on two occasions 4 weeks apart as they need an extra dose of the vaccine.
Which children are considered to be in the medically at risk group?
Children are deemed at higher risk of complications of influenza if they have a diagnosis of any of the following conditions:
* chronic heart, liver or kidney disease, including nephrotic syndrome.
* Chronic respiratory disease, including cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma.
* Chronic neurological disease/moderate to severe neurodevelopment disorder e.g. cerebral palsy, intellectual
* Diabetes mellitus (Type1 or Type 2.)
* haemoglobinopathies eg Sickle cell anaemia.
* immunosuppression due to disease or treatment (including treatment for cancer), treatment for inflammatory
arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease, post splenectomy.
* Down syndrome.
* on long term aspirin therapy.
We will be running large children's flu vaccination clinics. Please phone the surgery to add your child's name to our flu vaccine list & we will contact you when an appointment is available in one of these clinics.
Please see the list below for children who should not receive the vaccine. If you are unsure if your child falls into one of these categories please phone your child's consultant paediatrician for advice.
Children who should not receive intranasal live flu vaccine and receive the injection vaccine instead are:
- children who are severely immunocompromised due to disease or treatment eg cancer treatment
- children who live with someone who is severely immunosuppressed eg has had recent stem cell transplant or bone marrow transplant.
- children who have a severe neutropenia ie neutrophil count < 0.5 x 109ml/l
- children on long term aspirin or salicylate drugs
- children on combination end point inhibitor drugs eg for melanoma skin cancer
Reasons to defer influenza vaccination for your child
- If your child has a temperature, they should not receive either flu vaccine until they have recovered from their illness
- If a child has an exacerbation of their asthma with increased wheezing requiring them to use their reliever (blue) inhaler in the previous 72 hours
- If your child has had treatment with Tamiflu (antiviral medication) for treatment of an influenza like illness in the 48 hours before the flu vaccine
- If your child has had in the past a severe allergic reaction to egg requiring them to be admitted to ICU in hospital, they should receive the nasal vaccine in a hospital setting not in the surgery.
The risk of a severe immediate allergic reaction to the nasal flu vaccine is low (less than one in 10,000). We request that you stay in your car in the vicinity of the Windmill Medical centre for 15 mins after the flu vaccination. If your child becomes unwell during this time please return immediately to the medical centre.
Side effects are mild but common. It is usual that after vaccination your child may develop a runny nose, decreased appetite, malaise, fever, headache and muscle pain. The fever is usually mild under 38 degrees and short lived responding to paracetamol (Calpol)– similar to those after other childhood vaccines. Symptoms usually only last for 24-48 hours.
Frequently asked questions:
My child is aged 0-6 months:
The flu vaccination is not recommended for this group
My child is aged 6 – 23 months:
Children in this age group should have the flu vaccine ONLY if they are in one of the medically at risk groups listed above.
The intranasal vaccine is not recommended for this age group & they should get the flu vaccine injection instead.
My child is aged 13 years or older:
Children in this age group should have the flu vaccine if they are in one of the medically at risk groups listed above. They should get the flu vaccine injection.