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In this video Pharmacist Gillian Hudson of Bawnogue Life Pharmacy in Dublin explains the Flu Vaccination Service available at Reens Life Pharmacy Millstreet.
WHO IS FLU
- Persons aged 65 and over
- Those with long-term medical conditions like diabetes, heart & lung disease
- People whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment
- Persons with a body mass index (BMI) over 40
- Pregnant women (can be given at any stage of pregnancy)
- Residents of nursing homes and other long stay institutions
- Healthcare workers
- People with regular close contact with poultry, water fowl or pigs
We hear a lot of misunderstanding around this subject and what the flu vaccine does and does not do.
So we have put together the most popular questions we get asked by customers below with the answers.
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- If you are aged 18 years or over, are one of the people for whom vaccination is strongly recommended and have a Medical card or a Doctor Visit Card you are entitled to receive the winter flu vaccine free of charge from your pharmacist.
- If you are aged 18 years or over but don’t have a Medical card or Doctor Visit card you can get the winter flu vaccination from your Pharmacist but an administration fee will apply.
(If you are unsure about your eligibility for a free vaccination feel free to phone or call in to us and check.)
Seasonal flu vaccines have been given for more than 60 years to millions of people worldwide. Reactions are generally mild and serious side effects are very rare. The seasonal flu vaccine does not give you the flu.
No. It is for everyone in the high risk group regardless of age. Healthcare workers, pregnant women, people with a long term illness such as diabetes, heart, kidney, lung or neurological disease. Healthcare workers and carers prevent the spread of flu and save lives every year by getting vaccinated with the flu vaccine. Your patients and those around you thank you for doing so. The best way to protect yourself and them again this year is to get this year’s vaccine.
Seasonal flu vaccine helps the person’s immune system to produce antibodies to the flu virus. When someone who has been vaccinated comes into contact with the virus these antibodies attack the virus.
Each year the seasonal (annual) flu vaccine contains three common influenza virus strains. These strains are identified by the World Health Organization as those most likely to be around this winter. The flu virus changes each year – this is why a new influenza vaccine has to be given each year.
You may get soreness or redness around the injection site. You may experience a mild generalised reaction of fever, fatigue and headache for up to 48 hours after receiving the vaccine. These non-specific side effects do not mean that you are getting flu.
Complications of flu include bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections and rarely acute encephalopathy (swelling of the brain). Severe disease and death is most likely in people with chronic medical conditions and the elderly. Worldwide, flu causes between 3 and 5 million cases of severe disease each year and 250,000 to 500,000 deaths.
Flu vaccine is recommended for those mentioned above in the high risk group. Including healthcare workers and carers to protect you from getting flu, and to reduce transmission of flu to you, your family and your patients. Elderly and at risk patients may not get sufficient protection from the vaccine themselves so they rely on the people around them to keep them safe.
Flu is spread by coughing and sneezing. Anyone with flu can be infectious from 1 day before to 3-5 days after onset of symptoms. This means that you can pass on the flu virus to somebody you care for even before you know that you are sick.
Flu symptoms start suddenly with fever, muscle aches, headache and fatigue. A cold usually comes on gradually with a sore throat and a blocked or runny nose and is generally mild compared to the flu.
Flu is a highly infectious viral illness of the respiratory tract that can be life threatening. Most people with flu are sick for 5-7 days with a high temperature, sore throat, muscle pains, fatigue and headache. Some people have a more serious illness and may be admitted to hospital.
Yes. Seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for all pregnant women. This is because they are at higher risk of severe complications from flu. Flu vaccine protects pregnant women during pregnancy and provides ongoing protection to their newborn baby during their first few months of life.
If you are pregnant please read the HSE leaflet “Flu Vaccine information for pregnant Women”.
Most people can get flu vaccine. It is not recommended for those who have a history of anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of flu vaccine or any part of the vaccine.
There are very few reasons why vaccination should be postponed. Vaccination should be re-scheduled if you have an acute illness with a temperature greater than 38°C.
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