Covid & Flu Vaccination Information

Most frequent questions and answers

Who is being vaccinated at the moment?

We have completed vaccination of over-80s for both influenza and Covid booster.  We are focussing on flu-vaccination currently and will then be offering covid boosters to our 70-79 year-old patients in the next few weeks.  We are also concerned about the small number of people who have so far opted not to have a covid vaccine – we would ask them to please reconsider this for everyone’s safety as covid numbers climb. 

 

What about the over 80's?

All patients aged 80 and older have received a flu-vaccine and a covid booster at this time.  

Can I get a Flu-vaccination this year?

All patients of the practice aged 65 or older may receive a free flu-vaccine this year.  All children aged 2-17 are also being offered free flu-vaccination (nasal spray).  Finally, all patients aged 18-64 who are in at-risk-groups (see below) can also avail of a free flu-vaccine.  We would strongly recommend that all eligible patients give strong consideration to receiving the vaccine.

Who are the patients in "At-Risk-Groups"?

  • Pregnant women at any stage in pregnancy
  • Patients with chronic disease of heart, lungs, liver, kidneys etc.
  • Patients with Diabetes
  • Patients with immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
  • Others in THIS LIST

What are the risks?

We have been using flu-vaccinations for many years at this point and the vaccines are widely considered very safe.  Like most vaccines, minor side-effects can be expected but more significant side-effects are extremely rare.  Have a look at the HSE guidance on this by following this link to their excellent information page: HSE FLU INFORMATION

What will the Flu-vaccine clinics look like?

We try to follow all social distancing protocols when vaccinating so you will be brought into the surgery and straight into the vaccination room.  After a brief discussion you will have your vaccine.  You will then be asked to wait in the vicinity for 15 minutes in case of any unexpected reaction.  Patients with a history of anaphylaxis will be observed for a longer period.