We have had a huge number of requests for the flu vaccine this year.
Demand is unprecedented and the HSE have informed us that they can provide flu vaccines, for free, for those who are in ‘at risk’ groups.
You are in an ‘at-risk’ group if you:
- are a child aged 2 to 12 (inclusive);
- are 65 years of age and over
- are pregnant
- have a long-term medical condition – for example, a heart, lung, kidney or neurologicaldisease or cancer
- have a weak immune system – for example, if you have diabetes or you’re havingchemotherapy
- live in a nursing home or other long-term care facility
- are obese and have a body mass index (BMI) of over 40
- are a child with a moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorder such as cerebral palsy
- were born with Down syndrome
In addition, the following groups are covered:
- Individuals who work in healthcare
- Individuals who are a carer or live with someone who is at risk of flu
- Individuals who are in regular contact with pigs, poultry or waterfowl
Currently, we cannot provide flu vaccines for those who do not fall into any of the categories above, even if they are willing to pay for it.