Influenza vaccination update

The HSE has announced some important updates to the seasonal influenza vaccination programme for the 2020/2021 season which will come into effect in September.

1) The programme is being extended to all children aged between 2-12 years inclusive regardless of medical card/GP visit card status.

2) The vaccine is FREE to all those in the eligible at-risk groups which includes:

  • Children aged 2-12 years of age (new)
  • persons aged 65 years of age and over.
  • Pregnant women
  • Children or adults with a long-term health condition.
  • People who work in healthcare.
  • Carers or household contact of anyone at increased medical risk of flu.
  • Nursing home or other long-term care facility residents.
  • People in regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl.

We recommend that everyone in the at-risk categories avail of this FREE vaccination to protect yourself from the flu virus this winter.