Influenza Vaccination Programme 2022/23 Annual influenza (flu) vaccination is strongly recommended for those aged 65 and older, those at risk and children aged 2-17* years. 
*the childrens vaccine is not available yet

Inactivated quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) is now available for all eligible populations.( see below). If you are eligible for Flu vaccine, it MAY also be advisable for you to get Pneumococcal vaccination.  (check below or please enquire when you are attending for flu vaccine.) 

A nasal flu vaccine for children will be available shortly.  Check back here for more information when available.  Children who are unsuitable for the Live nasal flu vaccine can book in for injectable (adult) vaccine here. 

Eligible Groups for 2022/23 HSE Influenza vaccination programme

You can get a free flu vaccine if you are:

People with these conditions can also get a free flu vaccine:

  • chronic heart disease, including acute coronary syndrome

  • chronic liver disease

  • chronic kidney failure

  • chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma, or bronchopulmonary dysplasia

  • chronic neurological disease including multiple sclerosis, hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system

  • diabetes

  • Down syndrome

  • haemoglobinopathies

  • a body mass index (BMI) over 40

  • immunosuppression due to disease or treatment (including asplenia or hyposplenism, and all cancer patients)

  • children with a moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorder such as cerebral palsy

  • children on long-term aspirin therapy

  • 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

 

Free flu vaccines will be offered to carers or household contacts of people who have:

  • a health condition listed above

  • Down syndrom

PLEASE DO NOT BOOK IN IF YOU DO NOT FALL INTO ONE OF THE CATEGORIES ABOVE. We will not be able to vaccinate you. 

PNEUMOCOCCAL VACCINATION (PPV23)  ( free with GMS/Doctor visit card. 25e for private patients) 

Who should be vaccinated with PPV23?

Pneumococcal disease is a very serious disease. It is a major cause of illness and death, particularly amongst the very young. Those with the following conditions should be vaccinated with PPV23.

 

Everybody aged 65 years and over - only one dose is required for life cover.  

All ages with;    (may need a second dose after 5 years -  check with your doctor) 

  • Diabetes

  • Chronic lung, heart, liver, or kidney disease

  • Chronic neurological disease

  • Coeliac disease

  • Down Syndrome

  • Cochlear implants or are about to get cochlear implants

  • Immune deficiency because of a disease or treatment, including cancer patients

  • HIV infection

  • Absent spleen or a non-functioning spleen

  • CSF leaks, either congenital or complicating skull fractures or neurosurgery

  • Intracranial shunt.

PPV23 vaccination is not recommended for healthy children and adults as they are at low risk of pneumococcal disease