It’s that time of year again!
The HSE has updated its information for this year’s Flu Vaccination, including side-effects: https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/pubinfo/flu-vaccination/about-the-vaccine/ . This is also available in any Pharmacies participating in the Flu Vaccination Programme.
Covid-19 Booster: This has now been advised by the HSE for:
- All aged 80 & over in the community. We are starting to schedule these clinics in the first week of October (subject to delivery) & will be contacting patients. The Flu Vaccine can also be given at the same time and so we will be offering the flu vaccine at the same appointment. Up-to-date information on the Covid Booster can be found at: https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/get-the-vaccine/covid-19-vaccine-booster-dose/ .
- 65 or older and living in a nursing home or long-term care facility.
- Those who, due to conditions or treatments, have a weaker immune system. This is being organised by the hospital system with further info available here: https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/get-the-vaccine/weak-immune-system/
We have also been able to get back in some supplies of the ‘Pneumonia’ vaccine which is available for all who are 65/over, as well as those with longterm conditions. It covers one of the main causes of pneumonia, which can also cause meningitis. It has been part of the Childhood Immunisation programme in Ireland now since 2008 and so, most people over 13 will not have received it. Further information is at: https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/pubinfo/adult/pneumo/ .