Flu vaccine 2020

We will be offering the annual flu vaccine to our patients in autumn 2020. The adult vaccine will be available in late September and the children’s vaccine in mid-October.

https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/pubinfo/flu-vaccination/

In order to ensure social distancing, we will be holding special flu vaccination clinics in the coming weeks. Please telephone the surgery for an appointment.

When coming to your appointment please:

  • Wear Short Sleeves or Loose Neck Top on the Day
  • Follow Social Distance markers 
  • The car park will be quite full so if possible, please walk to the surgery or ask a family member to drop and collect you.

‘Flu Vaccine helps your immune system to produce antibodies.

These antibodies attack the virus and stop you from getting sick.

The flu vaccine starts to work within two weeks.

*THE FLU VACCINE CAN NOT GIVE YOU THE FLU*

Potential Effects of the Vaccine:

  • Mild Soreness or Redness or Swelling at Injection Site.
  • Transient Aches, Temporary Tiredness or Sore Head may occur.

All these effects are usually mild, brief (<24hr) and self-resolving.

DO NOT GET FLU VACCINE IF:

  • You’ve ever had a prior ANAPHYLAXIS REACTION to it
  • You are on a COMBINATION CHECK POINT INHIBITOR (ipilumumab plus nivolumab)

EGG ALLERGY SUFFERERS

  • Flu Vaccine is SAFE for those with EGG ALLERGY or EGG ANAPHYLAXIS
  • EXCEPT those who previously needed ICU Admission for EGG reaction.

FLU VACCINE FOR CHILDREN.

Our practice is offering the Flu vaccine this winter. The details below are for our clinic for children aged between 2 and 12.

  • NO Needles are involved just a small NASAL spray.
  • Each spray is a miniscule 0.1 ml so is barely noticeable.
  • The Vaccine takes about 2 minutes to give.
  • The vaccine protects against Influenza by teaching your child’s immune system what the virus looks like, so it doesn’t catch the real ‘Flu.
  • Influenza is really unpleasant for our little ones. 
  • It results in 2 to 3 weeks off school or creche.
  • Some (but not many) children end up hospitalised with Flu A few of these need ICU admission!

About Flu Nasal Vaccine:

  • Your child might feel a little unsettled after the vaccine.
  • Runny nose (coryza)
  • Feeling a little tired (malaise)
  • Feel warm to touch (fever)
  • All these effects are normal. 
  • Your child’s immune system is learning how to avoid catching the real ‘flu
  • If they occur, these effects usually last 24 hours.