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Why should you get the flu vaccination?
The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the four strains of the influenza virus that are most likely to be circulating in this year's flu season. The flu vaccine is available every year from Donabate Pharmacy to adults and children at risk of flu and its complications. You need to get a new vaccine every Autumn because the strains of the influenza virus that are circulating most commonly change each year.
Some people are more at risk of having serious complications if they catch flu. As a result, it is very important to get the flu vaccine every year if you are 65 years of age and over, are pregnant, live in a nursing home or other long-term care facility, or have certain medical conditions.
You should also get the flu vaccination every year if you work in healthcare, are a carer or live with someone who is at risk of flu because of a long-term health condition
, are a carer or live with someone who has Down syndrome
. People who are in regular contact with pigs, poultry or waterfowl should get the flu vaccine.
If you are unsure about whether you or any of your family should get the flu vaccine this year, just give us a call on (01) 808 5333.
Did you know that some people are entitled to a free flu vaccination?
To help increase vaccination levels among the population and reduce the impact of the flu season on the population and health system, the flu vaccine is available for FREE to everyone in the at-risk groups listed below:
- All those aged 65 years and over
- All children aged 2-12 inclusive
- All pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy
- Chronic respiratory disease including cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma, COPD
- Chronic heart, renal (kidney) or liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease including multiple sclerosis
- Diabetes mellitus
- Haemoglobinopathies such as sickle cell anemia
- Hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system etc.
- Cancer patients
- Residents of nursing homes and long stay institutions
- Children with conditions that compromise respiratory function eg. spinal cord injury, seizure or other neuromuscular disorder
- Morbid obesity ie. Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40
- Those who are immunosuppressed due to disease or treatment including those with missing or non functioning spleens
- Healthcare workers & carers
- Household contacts or out of home carers of persons with increased medical risk
- People who have close, regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl
- Down Syndrome
- Children on long-term aspirin therapy
Nasal spray vaccine for children
Another great thing about the flu vaccine is that there is a painless nasal spray vaccine available for children. The nasal spray vaccine is given as a small spray into each nostril of a child’s nose. The 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 will work even if the child has a runny nose, sneezes or blows their nose after the vaccination. This makes it a really simple day at the pharmacy for parents who might have been worried about the prospect of needles and pain for their kids.
Who should not get the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccination may not be suitable for some people. Some of the reasons why the flu vaccine may not be suitable for you or your family are listed below:
- Persons with a history of severe allergic (anaphylaxis) reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine or any of its constituents
- People with egg allergy must see their GP in order to be vaccinated
- Vaccination should be postponed if you have a temperature greater than 38 °C
- Vaccination is contraindicated for persons taking more than one combination checkpoint inhibitors (checkpoint inhibitor therapy is a form of cancer immunotherapy, please discuss with your pharmacist).
The intranasal vaccine is not recommended for the following people:
Those currently experiencing an acute exacerbation of asthma symptoms, people who regularly require oral steroids for the treatment of asthma, pregnant women, children who live with severely immunosuppressed persons, and people with significant immunosuppression due to disease or treatment.
Is the flu vaccine safe & effective?
Being vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself from getting the flu and the complications that can come along with it. The vaccine is not 100% effective but it will greatly reduce your risk of catching the flu and suffering from any sever effects or complications. If you do get flu after you have the vaccine, it's likely to be milder and you will recover more quickly.
Flu vaccines have been given to millions of people worldwide for over 60 years, including pregnant women. Reactions to the vaccine are generally mild and include mild pain at the injection site, fever and chills.