Flu Vaccine

Flu Vaccine

What is the flu?

Flu is a very infectious and potentially serious illness and a new flu vaccine must be given each year. Flu can cause severe illness and can even be life threatening for older people, those who have a long term illness and pregnant women. Flu is a highly infectious acute respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. Influenza affects people of all ages. Outbreaks of flu occur almost every year, usually in winter. This is why it is also known as seasonal flu. Flu can be prevented by vaccination. Flu vaccination is a safe, effective way to help prevent flu infection, avoid hospitalisation and reduce flu-related deaths and illnesses.

Get the vaccine, not the flu!

The HSE is urging people in at-risk groups to get vaccinated against influenza.

Vaccination is strongly recommended for:

  • persons aged 65 and older
  • those with long term medical conditions such as diabetes and chronic heart, kidney, lung or neurological disease
  • people whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment including all cancer patients
  • persons with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40
  • pregnant women (at any stage in pregnancy)
  • residents of nursing homes and other long stay institutions 
  • people with regular close contact with poultry, water fowl or pigs
  • health care workers
  • carers

What strains are in this season’s flu vaccine?

This year's seasonal flu vaccine contains protection against 3 strains of flu virus recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the strains most likely to be circulating this season. The three strains are

  • an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like strain
  • an A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like strain
  • a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like strain

The flu virus changes each year. This is why a new flu vaccine has to be given each year.

What is the name of this season's flu vaccine?

This year's season flu vaccine is called Inactivated Influenza vaccine (Split Virion) BP. It is manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur. The Patient Information Leaflet and the Summary of Product Characteristics are available here

To book in for your vaccination, call your local Meaghers today. Details of clinics are available in store!

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