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Seasonal Flu Vaccine

We are now taking appointment bookings for the Flu Vaccine in our Newmarket-on-Fergus and Quin pharmacies.

You can talk to us if you have any queries or concerns . Our contact details are here.

General Information

Who should get the Seasonal Flu Vaccine?

While everyone should consider getting a flu vaccine, it’s especially important that the following groups get vaccinated:

  • Persons aged 65 and over
  • Persons with Down syndrome
  • Those with a long-term medical condition such as diabetes, heart or lung disease
  • People whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment
  • All cancer patients
  • Persons with a body mass index (BMI) over 40
  • Pregnant women (can be given at any stage of pregnancy)
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long stay institutions
  • Healthcare workers
  • Carers
  • People with regular close contact with poultry, water fowl or pigs
Who is eligible to get the Flu Vaccine free of charge?

Flu vaccination is free for all children aged from 2 to 12 years, all those in at-risk groups aged from 6 months to 69 years, and all persons aged 70 years and over.

What is the Seasonal Flu (Influenza)?
Seasonal flu is a highly infectious viral illness of the respiratory tract that can be life threatening.
Can flu cause serious illness?
Flu is a serious illness with most deaths occurring in people aged 65 years and over, those with long term medical conditions and pregnant women.
Is it cold or flu?
Flu symptoms come on suddenly with a fever, muscle aches, headache and fatigue. A cold is a much less serious illness than flu and usually starts
gradually with a sore throat and a blocked or runny nose.
How does the seasonal flu vaccine work?
Seasonal flu vaccine helps the person’s immune system to produce antibodies to the flu virus.
How safe is flu vaccine?
Seasonal flu vaccines have been given for more than 60 years to millions of people worldwide.
Reactions are generally mild and serious side effects are very rare.
What can I expect after vaccination?
The most common side effects will be mild and may include:
Soreness
Redness
Swelling at injection site

Some people may also experience:
Headache
Fever
Aches
Tiredness
Note: This is not the flu and will pass after a day or so.
Seasonal flu vaccines have been given for more than 60 years to millions of people worldwide.
Reactions are generally mild and serious side effects are very rare.