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FLU Vaccination Programme 2021-2022: Information for Eligible Patients

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Flu Vaccination Programme 2021-2022: Information for Eligible Patients

Appointments will become available for registered patients to receive the flu vaccine from the 1st of October onwards. Our vaccine delivery is every fortnight and appointments will be made available on a fortnightly basis, as and when the vaccine stock is confirmed for delivery by the HSE. We have no control over the HSE vaccine delivery schedules.

Vaccination appointments will only be available for those patients who meet the HSE eligibility criteria.

This year, the HSE will provide flu vaccines for patients in three groups:

  1. Patients aged 65 and over – *PLEASE SEE NOTE BELOW FOR PATIENTS AGED 80 AND OVER.
  2. Patients aged between 6 months and 23 months and those aged between 18 and 64 years of age who are at increased risk of influenza-related complications (See Specified List below) including pregnant women.
  3. Patients aged 2 to 17 years. Further information in relation to the nasal flu vaccine for this age group will follow in the coming weeks.

Patients in the HSE specified groups above will receive the vaccine free of charge.

Please read the information below carefully to determine if you are eligible to receive the flu vaccine this year. It is important not to book an appointment for a flu vaccine if you do not meet the criteria below as you cannot be given a vaccine for which you are not eligible.

Please note that as per HSE and national guidelines, ONLY patients in the HSE specified groups will be able to avail of the flu vaccine in this practice. We will not be receiving flu vaccines for any other patients from the HSE and to date, there is no private supply in Ireland available for other patients. We understand this may be frustrating for other patients and suggest you contact the HSE or your local political representative to raise this matter with them.

*FLU VACCINATION & COVID-19 BOOSTER VACCINATIONS FOR PATIENTS AGED 80 AND OVER

In line with national public health advice, the HSE will provide a Covid-19 booster vaccine for all patients aged 80 and over. When the Covid-19 booster vaccine is made available to our practice, we will contact patients aged over 8o to arrange an appointment to receive both the Covid-19 booster and the flu vaccine at the same appointment. This is in line with the national health advice to GP’s and to reduce the number of times that patients in this age group must attend.

If you are aged over 80 and wish to receive the flu vaccine, we will be in touch to book this appointment for you once we have details of our Covid-19 booster vaccines.

Patients aged 80 and over will receive the FLUAD TETRA flu vaccine and you can read detailed patient information about this vaccine by clicking here. The vaccine will be administered free of charge to patients in this age group, regardless of whether you hold a Medical Card, Doctor Visit Card or are a private patient.

Please note there is no current plan for Covid-19 booster vaccines for any other patient age group or category and we will only be providing Covid-19 booster vaccinations for those aged 80 and over at this time.

FLU VACCINATION FOR PATIENTS AGED BETWEEN 65 AND 79 YEARS

Patients aged between 65 and 79 years will receive the FLUAD TETRA flu vaccine and you can read detailed patient information about this vaccine by clicking here. The vaccine will be administered free of charge to patients in this age group, regardless of whether you hold a Medical Card, Doctor Visit Card or are a private patient.

If you are in this age category, can make an appointment by contacting Reception – appointments are subject to vaccine availability and clinical capacity and if we do not have an appointment available for you this week, we will take your name for the Waiting List and will contact you when an appointment becomes available.

FLU VACCINATION FOR PATIENTS AGED BETWEEN 18 AND 64 YEARS AND CHILDREN AGED FROM 6 TO 23 MONTHS WHO MEET THE FOLLOWING HSE CRITERIA

Patients who are aged between 18 and 64 years and 6 months to 23 months and who are considered to be at increased risk of influenza-related complications will receive the QUADRIVALENT (QIV) vaccine and you can read the detailed patient information about this vaccine by clicking here. The vaccine will be administered free of charge to patients in this age group, regardless of whether you hold a Medical Card, Doctor Visit Card or are a private patient.

Children between 6 months and 23 months in this category will usually be vaccinated in the hospital / through their Outpatient specialist clinic. If your child is in this category, please contact the hospital clinic first to check if your child will be vaccinated there.

Patients must have a confirmed diagnosis or fall into a specific category listed below to be eligible to receive this vaccine. The categories are:

  • Chronic Respiratory Disease (including COPD, cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma and bronchopulmonary dysplasia).
  • Pregnant woman – at any stage of pregnancy.
  • Chronic Heart Disease.
  • Chronic Renal Failure.
  • Chronic Liver Disease.
  • Chronic Neurological Disease.
  • Immunosuppressed (due to disease or treatment including all patients with active cancer diagnosis).
  • Household contacts or home carer to persons with increased medical risk*.
  • Diabetes Mellitus.
  • Morbidly Obese (BMI 40 or over).
  • Haemoglobinopathies.
  • Patients with conditions that compromise respiratory function (e.g., spinal cord injury, seizure disorder, other neuromuscular disorder), especially those attending day centres / special schools.
  • Resident of a nursing home or other long stay facility (patients will be vaccinated in their care facility).
  • Children and adults with Down Syndrome.
  • Children with severe neurodevelopmental disorders such as cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.
  • Children on long-term aspirin therapy.
  • Carers (Out-of-home carers – those providing a significant level of care the home to a person with an underlying chronic health condition or Down Syndrome).
  • People in regular contact with pigs, poultry, or waterfowl
  • Healthcare workers

* Please note that only household contacts or carers of people who have an underlying chronic health condition or have Down syndrome are eligible to receive an influenza vaccine. A carer is described as someone who is providing an ongoing significant level of care to a person who is in need of care in the home due to illness or disability or frailty i.e., those in receipt of Carer’s Allowance. Household contacts of people aged 65 years and older, pregnant women, children aged 2-17 years or of healthcare workers (who do not also have a chronic health condition), are not eligible for the influenza vaccine.

If you are in this age group and are in a category listed above which makes you eligible for vaccination, you can make an appointment by contacting Reception. Appointments are subject to vaccine availability and clinical capacity and if we do not have an appointment available for you this week, we will take your name for the Waiting List and will contact you when an appointment becomes available.

We understand that there may be patients who have received a flu vaccine in previous years and who do not fall into the categories set out by the HSE for this year’s flu programme. Unfortunately, we have no control over the categories who are eligible for the flu vaccination this year; as previously stated, these have been decided by the HSE at national level. Please do not book an appointment for a flu vaccination if you are not eligible as per the detailed lists above, as you cannot be given a vaccine.

At this time, the only source of flu vaccines is the HSE, and these vaccines must be given in line with the national criteria. If private supply becomes available for patients who do not meet the eligibility criteria above, we will update the website to let you know.

Please do not book an appointment for a flu vaccination if you are not eligible as per the detailed lists above, as you cannot be given a vaccine.

FLU VACCINATION FOR PATIENTS AGED 2 AND 17 YEARS – NASAL FLU VACCINE

Patients aged between 2 and 17 years (up to 18th birthday) will receive the FLUENZ TETRA nasal flu vaccine and you can read detailed patient information about this vaccine by clicking here. The vaccine will be administered free of charge to patients in this age group, regardless of whether the child holds a Medical Card, Doctor Visit Card or is a private patient.

We now have this vaccine in stock and you can contact Reception to make an appointment for you child or children.

Appointments are subject to vaccine availability and clinical capacity and if we do not have an appointment available when you call, we will take your child’s name for the Waiting List and we will contact you when an appointment becomes available.