FLU VACCINATION FOR PATIENTS AGED 18 YEARS AND OVER, AND CHILDREN AGED FROM 6 TO 23 MONTHS WHO MEET THE FOLLOWING HSE CRITERIA
Patients who are aged over 18 years and children aged 6 months to 23 months and who are considered to be at increased risk of influenza-related complications will receive the QUADRIVALENT (QIV) vaccine. We have been provided with the Influvac Tetra (QIV) vaccine by the HSE and you should read full details of the vaccine by clicking here before booking your appointment. 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. You will be asked to provide your PPS to ensure the vaccine is covered by the HSE.
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 who are eligible for a flu vaccine are listed below:
- those aged 65 years and older
- healthcare workers
- patients who are pregnant (at any stage of pregnancy)
- patients who are in regular contact with pigs, poultry or waterfowl
- People with these specific health conditions:
- 1. chronic heart disease, including acute coronary syndrome
- 2. chronic liver disease
- 3. chronic kidney failure
- 4. chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma, or bronchopulmonary dysplasia
- 5. chronic neurological disease including multiple sclerosis, hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system
- 6. diabetes
- 7. Down syndrome
- 8. haemoglobinopathies
- 9. morbid obesity – a body mass index (BMI) over 40
- 10. immunosuppression due to disease or treatment (including asplenia or hyposplenism, and all cancer patients)
- 11. children with a moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorder such as cerebral palsy
- 12. children on long-term aspirin therapy
- 13. any condition that can compromise respiratory function, like spinal cord injury, seizure disorder or other neuromuscular disorder, especially people also attending special schools or day centres
People who are living in a nursing home or other long-term care facility will be vaccinated in the facility.
The flu vaccine is also available to:
- 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. A carer is someone who provides an ongoing, significant level of care to a person who is in need of care in the home due to illness, frailty or disability.
- household contacts of those with Down Syndrome or household contacts of patients with a chronic underlying health condition listed in 1 – 13 above.
If you fall in to one or more of the categories listed above, you are eligible for the flu vaccination and you can make an appointment by contacting Reception or booking online using the link below. Appointments are subject to vaccine availability and clinical capacity and if we do not have an appointment available for you this week, you can call again next week or ask for your name to be added to the Waiting List for the next clinic.
Please note: household contacts of patients aged 65 years and older who do not also have a chronic health condition, household contacts of pregnant women, household contacts of children aged 2 to 17 years, household contacts of healthcare workers and household contacts of carers are not eligible for a flu vaccine from this campaign.
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.
Covid-19 Booster Vaccines
If you are eligible to receive a Covid-19 booster, please note that this can be received at the same appointment as your flu vaccine, however you must check your eligibility and book the appointment to receive both vaccines. Please click here and check if you are eligible for a Covid-19 booster before you make your appointment.