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Seasonal Flu

Seasonal Flu Vaccination

What is flu?

Flu is an acute respiratory illness caused by infection with an influenza virus.  Flu is usually self limiting and recovery takes 2-7 days, but it can be a severe illness in the elderly or those with chronic diseases such as respiratory illness like cystic fibrosis or asthma, chronic heart disease, diabetes, or chronic liver and kidney diseases.

Influenza is spread by coughing or sneezing and is very contagious.  Symptoms include a high fever, sore throat, dry cough, aches and pains in the limbs and headache.  Sometimes nausea and vomiting may occur.

Children's Flu Vaccination Clinics

In 2020/2021, all children aged 2 - 12 years will be entitled to a free flu vaccine (usually, the nasal vaccine, which is most effective in this age group). A limited number of spaces are available at our dedicated Saturday morning clinics; please click here to book. Otherwise, please call 014022300 to make an appointment during normal surgery hours. 

Ben, aged 6, receiving his nasal flu vaccine

Who should be vaccinated against flu?

Annual immunisation is strongly recommended for:

Is the vaccine free of charge?

There is no charge for:

A charge of €25 applies to all other patients who do not fall into the above groups. 

Vaccinating your staff against flu in the workplace

A new vaccine against the current strain of influenza is produced each year and is available around early October.  Our clinicians can visit your business at a mutually convenient time to vaccinate your staff against the flu. Vaccination takes no more than a few minutes and all equipment is provided. 

Please contact Veronica Quadu at Mercer's Medical Centre for more information. 

Frequently asked Questions about flu vaccination:

Q. Does the flu vaccine cause flu?
A. No, the flu vaccine does not contain live vaccine therefore cannot cause flu

Q. Why is the flu vaccine given every year?
A. As the strain of influenza virus changes yearly so must the vaccine change in order to provide maximum protection against the circulating virus. 

Q. When should the flu vaccine be given?
A. Around October every year

Q. How effective is the flu vaccine?
A. 70-80% effective

Q. How long before the vaccine will provide protection against flu?
A. It takes 10-14 days for the vaccine to start to provide protection

Q. Is the flu vaccine safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women?
A. Yes it is safe for both. Pregnant women with a chronic disease or those with immunosuppression should especially be vaccinated 

Q. Can children be given the flu vaccine?
A. It is possible to administer the flu vaccine in Children older than 6 months of age

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