Flu is a common viral infection that’s easily spread to other people through coughs and sneezes. Flu symptoms include a fever, headache, sore throat and an aching body. Viruses that cause flu are the most common during the winter months. Flu strains can change from year to year, which means last year’s vaccination may not protect you from this season’s flu strains. Over time, protection from the flu vaccination also decreases, which is another reason to keep up to date with your flu vaccinations.
The best way to help protect yourself and others from catching and spreading the flu, is to get the flu vaccination every year. Our Winter Flu Vaccination Service is a simple and convenient way to help protect against the flu.
The flu vaccine administered by injection is available for those aged 18 and over. Children aged two to 17 years can get the nasal flu vaccine. Not only will getting the flu vaccine help protect your child against flu, but it will also help reduce the spread of flu to others.
Being vaccinated at our pharmacy in Glengarriff is likely to provide effective protection against this year’s strain of the winter flu virus; however there may still be a small chance of you catching the flu.
After vaccination it takes between 14 – 21 days to be protected against flu. You cannot catch flu from a flu vaccination.
On rare occasions, anaphylaxis may occur. We have procedures in place to deal with this.
The HSE recommends that everyone in the eligible age categories take the flu vaccine every year. The HPSC has warned of a significant increase in influenza-like illness within Ireland in recent weeks. They outline that the increase in the winter flu highlights the need for vaccination for those most at risk of complications from flu and points out that it is not too late for persons in at-risk groups to receive the flu vaccine if they have not already done so.
The following at risk groups qualify for a free Winter Flu Vaccine at Glengarriff Pharmacy:
Additionally, those aged 18 years and older with a long term health condition such as:
Flu vaccines are also available to patients who do not fall into the above categories.
We cannot vaccinate you if you have an egg allergy or history of anaphylaxis to any of the vaccine constituents. If you are taking medicines called combination checkpoint inhibitors, for example ipilimumab plus nivolumab you are not suitable for a flu vaccine. If you have severe neutropenia (low levels of a type of white blood cell) you cannot receive te flu vaccine. If you have acute severe febrile illness (for example, you are running a fever): the vaccination must be postponed until you have recovered.
The Winter Flu Vaccine is free to patients in at risk groups, and is €30 for private patients.
Flu clinics will be held in our pharmacy in Glengarriff, West Cork. We have a specially designed consultation room for this purpose which protects your confidentiality.
On the day of your appointment, we will ask you to fill in a questionnaire and consent form and ask you for your PPSN and other details e.g. name of your G.P. The vaccine is given to your upper (non-dominant) arm by deep intramuscular injection. It’s best to wear a T-shirt or short sleeved top to allow easy access to the upper arm muscle. The vaccination itself takes less than a minute but we ask you to remain on with us for 15 minutes afterwards in the highly unlikely event of a reaction.
The most common side effects and symptoms will be mild. The main symptoms include soreness, redness, or swelling where the injection was given. Headache, fever, aches and tiredness may occur. Some people may experience mild sweating and shivering as their immune system responds to the vaccine but this is not flu and will pass in a day or two.
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 rare.
If you are in any doubt please ask a member of our staff when at the pharmacy here in Glengarriff.
Flu is spread when people cough and sneeze. People then breath in the virus or absorb it through their fingers as they settle on tables and chairs.
You can protect yourself and others by:
The flu vaccine doesn’t protect against COVID-19. It is important to get both the flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine. This is because Flu and COVID-19 are caused by different viruses.
If you have had the COVID-19 vaccine you should still get the flu vaccine.
Did you know that you can arrange flu vaccinations or book an on-site vaccine clinic for your team? Glengarriff Pharmacy offers a workplace vaccination clinic to help you keep your team healthy, and we will be happy to travel to your base from our West Cork pharmacy to administer vaccines. To find out more, click here.