Flu is an acute respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. It is spread by coughing or sneezing and is very contagious. Symptoms include; high fever, sore throat, dry cough, aches and pains in the limbs, headache and sometimes nausea and vomiting. Flu is usually self limiting and recovery takes 2-7 days, but it can be a severe illness in the elderly and those with chronic diseases.

A new vaccine against the seasonal strain of influenza is produced each year and is available in the Waterford Medical Centre from October onwards. Annual immunisation is strongly recommended for:

  • People over 65 years
  • Adults and children over 6 months old with chronic disease e.g. asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, chronic heart, lung, kidney or liver disease
  • People who have their spleen removed
  • Children on long term asprin treatment
  • Pregnancy
  • Residents of nursing homes
  • Healthcare staff
  • Carers of those in the at risk group
  • Poultry workers, vets, park rangers

From September each year the seasonal flu vaccine is available in the surgery, you can make an appointment with one of our nurses by calling: 051 852999

There is no charge for: people over 65 years and those high risk patients included in the list above.

Frequently asked questions on the Seasonal Flu Vaccine

  1. Does the flu vaccine cause flu?
  • No, the flu vaccine does not contain a live virus therefore cannot cause flu.
  1. Why is the flu vaccine given every year?
  • The strain of influenza virus changes every year therefore the vaccine must change in order to provide maximum protection against the viruses present in the community.
  1. When should the flu vaccine be given?
  • Around October every year.
  1. How long does it take to get protection from the vaccine against the flu?
  • It takes 10-14 days for the vaccine to provide protection against the flu virus.
  1. Is the flu vaccine safe in pregnancy?
  • Yes, pregnant women with a chronic disease or with immunosuppression should be vaccinated.
  1. Can children be given the flu vaccine?
  • Children over 6 months of age can be given the flu vaccine.
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Call the Waterford Medical Centre on: 051 85299 to make an appointment for your annual Flu Vaccine!