This years annual flu vaccine will be available in late September/early October. We would strongly encourage our patients to get this safe vaccine which will significantly decrease your risk of Influenza. In addition, if a large number of the population get vaccinated, particularly patients over age 65, and patients with a respiratory condition or immune deficiency, it will decrease the hospital workload in Winter, particularly if there is an additional Covid-19 surge. We will be running dedicated flu vaccine clinics to ensure that our patients will be able to avail of this vaccine quickly and safely. Flu vaccine is recommended, and free of charge for patients aged over 65.
We will also be making available separate flu vaccine clinics for children aged 2-12. This is a safe vaccine, and childhood flu vaccine schemes have been in several other countries for many years. This is a new scheme being implemented this year in Ireland by the HSE to help our young patients' immunity, and decrease the population Influenza burden.