Now is the time to book your flu vaccine!

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This winter our 2021 season flu vaccine will soon be in stock!!

Be winter ready –get flu vaccine

The flu vaccine will be available soon in Myshall Health Centre. It is best to be vaccinated early to reduce your risk of contracting flu. Please contact surgery at 059-9157633 to make an appointment.

 

Our doctors, Dr Hussain and our nurse, Lorraine, will be able to administer the vaccine and please ensure that you get yours!

 

How do I book in for a Flu vaccine?

You can book in over the phone or by email         .

If you have any queries or concerns as to whether you should receive the flu jab, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Who should get the Flu Vaccine?

Ideally everyone who does not have a reason not to!

 

Vaccination is recommended for:

a)  People aged 65 years or older.

b)  All pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy.

c)  Children aged 2-12 years (NEW). ​

d)

  1. Those aged 6-23 months and 13 to 64 years who are at increased risk of Influenza- related complications:

  2. People with chronic illness requiring regular medical follow up, e.g. chronic heart disease, chronic liver disease, chronic neurological disease, chronic renal failure, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes mellitus, or haemoglobinopathies.

    • Patients with immunosuppression due to disease or treatment such as cancer patients, those with asplenia or hyposplenism.

    • Patients with any condition that can compromise respiratory function (e.g. spinal cord injury, seizure disorder, or other neuromuscular disorder) especially those attending special schools/day centres.

    • Children with moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorders such as cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.

    • Children on long-term aspirin therapy.

    • People with morbid obesity (Body mass index >40).

    • Residents of nursing homes, old people’s homes, and other long-stay facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection.

    • People with Down Syndrome

  3. Those likely to transmit influenza to a person at high risk for influenza complications:

    • Health Care Workers, both for their own protection and for the protection of patients.

    • Household contacts of at-risk persons.

    • Out-of-home care givers to at-risk persons.

  4. People who have close, regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl.

I am not in the list above. Should I still get the vaccine?

 

Yes - the more people who get the vaccine the less circulating flu in our community. This reduces the risk of the most unwell in our locality being exposed to the flu, including sick children and those who are on chemotherapy and radiotherapy as well as those who are too unwell to get any vaccines.

How long does it take influenza vaccine to work?

The vaccine starts to work within 2 weeks.

Why do pregnant women need influenza vaccine?

Influenza vaccination protects women during and after pregnancy.

• Pregnancy increases the risk of complications from influenza due to alterations in heart rate, lung capacity and immunological function.

• Influenza in pregnancy is associated with miscarriage, premature birth, and reduced foetal growth and stillbirth.

• Premature birth can lead to long-term medical and social consequences.

• Vaccination during pregnancy provides passive immunity to infants up to the first 6 months of life, when babies are too young to receive the influenza vaccine. Infants under 6 months have the highest rates of hospitalisation and death from influenza.

When should you not get the Flu Vaccine?

 

You should not get the flu vaccine if you:

  • have had a severe allergic (anaphylaxis) reaction to a previous flu vaccine or any part of the vaccine.

  • are taking medicines called combination checkpoint inhibitors, for example, ipilimumab plus nivolumab

  • are ill with a temperature greater than 38 degrees Celsius - you should wait until you are well before getting the vaccine.

  • If you have an egg allergy, you should talk to your us about getting the vaccine.