Flu Vaccine Clinic

Flu Vaccine at Town Centre Pharmacy

Flu Vaccine at Town Centre Pharmacy

Due to legislative changes introduced by the government and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI), our trained and qualified pharmacists are now able to administer the Flu vaccine.

Do I need to book?

You can either book a time slot that suits you or you can just call in to us and see if we can do the vaccination while you wait.

Who is eligible for free vaccination

Administration of the Flu Vaccine is completely free to all Medical Card, Doctor Visit Card & HAA card holders who are over 65 or who are 18 years and over and belong to one of the at- risk groups listed below:

  • Persons aged 65 and over
  • Those with long term medical conditions such as diabetes, heart or lung disease, moderate or severe asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, MS
  • Persons whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment
  • Healthcare workers (including students)
  • Carers
  • Residents of nursing homes or other long care institutions
  • Persons with a body mass index (BMI) over 40
  • Pregnant women ( can be given at any stage of pregnancy)
  • People with regular close contact with poultry, water fowl or pigs

 

What is seasonal flu (influenza)?

Seasonal flu is a highly infectious viral illness of the respiratory tract that can be life threatening.

Can flu cause serious illness?

Flu is a serious illness with most deaths from seasonal flu occurring in people aged 65 years and over. Swine Flu, a new flu virus, caused a pandemic in 2009 and infected in particular young children, pregnant women and those under 65 years with long term medical conditions.

Is it cold or flu?

Flu symptoms come on suddenly with a fever, muscle aches, headache and fatigue. A cold is a much less serious illness than flu and usually starts gradually with a sore throat and a blocked or runny nose.

How does the seasonal flu vaccine work?

Seasonal flu vaccine helps the person’s immune system to produce antibodies to the flu virus.

How safe is flu vaccine?

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.

What can I expect after vaccination?

The most common side effects will be mild and may include:

  • Soreness
  • Redness
  • Swelling at injection site

Some people may also experience:

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Aches
  • Tiredness

This is not the flu and will pass after a day or so.