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# flu vaccine

Last month
January 2023
# Healthcare
HSE rolls out walk-in flu vaccines for children after 700 hospitalisations over winter
The walk-in clinics will be available at no charge for children from age two to 17 until 23 January.
Last year
2022
# Your Say
Poll: Have you received a flu vaccine this winter?
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre noted a significant uptick in influenza activity last week.
All time
# vaccine programme
Free flu vaccine programme to be extended to people aged over 50
The expansion of the flu vaccine programme was announced by Health Minister Stephen Donnelly this afternoon
# Flu
'Early days' for the spread of the flu as no cases reported in the last week
The HPSC has not recorded any flu cases in the last week.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you plan to get the flu vaccine this upcoming winter?
Flu vaccines usually reduce the risk of infection by 40-60%.
# flu season
Pregnant women, over 65s and other at-risk groups urged to get flu vaccine
At-risk groups receive the jab free-of-charge.
# flu season
120,000 doses of children's flu vaccine destroyed due to low uptake, despite 'heavyweight' promotion campaign
The flu vaccine was free for children in Ireland for the first time in 2020.
# nasal vaccine
Nasal flu vaccine extended to teenagers due to low take-up
Only 190,000 LAIV vaccines have been administered since October, out of 460,000 distributed.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Yes, the children's flu vaccine is authorised for use in Ireland
Despite what the misleading claim says, the Fluenz Tetra vaccine has been authorised since 2013.
# Flu
'No doses have disappeared': HSE's Colm Henry rejects claims that some flu vaccines missing
Reports claim the HSE has suspended the distribution of the vaccine after it emerged 600,000 are missing.
# children's health
More parents need to bring their children for flu vaccine, doctors say
The flu vaccine has been made available for free to children between the ages of 2 and 12.
# flu vaccine
Some 'frustration' caused by rescheduling of non-priority flu jabs, Irish Pharmacy Union says
Boots is rescheduling some not at-risk flu jab appointments due to delay in the vaccines arriving.
# Vaccination
The flu vaccine and children: Here is everything parents need to know
“The flu vaccine is one of the safest vaccines we have, it’s one of the oldest vaccines we have,” a GP said.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you plan to get the flu vaccine this upcoming winter?
The flu vaccine without charge has been extended to a number of additional groups this year.
# flu season
HSE set to face difficult task in reaching flu vaccination targets for healthcare staff
Rates of healthcare worker vaccine uptake, particularly in nursing homes, remain low.
# Misinformation
Debunked: No, children won't be banned from attending school if they don't get the flu vaccine
Children aged two to 12 years can get the flu jab for free this year, but it’s not compulsory.
# flu season
Winter flu vaccine campaign gears up to prevent 'dual outbreaks' of influenza and Covid-19
For the first time, children aged 2-12 are also entitled to a free flu vaccine.
# Influenza
Free flu vaccine will be available for children aged 2-12 this winter
The vaccine will also be free for people in at-risk groups and those aged 70 and over.
# Covid-19
Pharmacists call for flu vaccine to be free for everyone
The Irish Pharmacy Union has said a plan must be developed to stop hospitals becoming overwhelmed next winter, particularly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
# health minister
Over 100 people are expected to die of the flu this season
Half of those attending Emergency Departments have the flu or are presenting with flu-like symptoms.
# happy christmas to flu
From vaccines to sneezing etiquette: Here’s how to get through the flu season
Did you know that you can get the flu vaccine in some pharmacies for as little as €20
# vaccine rates
HPV vaccination rates vary by county from just 40% in Kerry to 74% in parts of Dublin
The substantial variation needs further investigation, the report says.
# Vaccine
Just one third of hospital nurses have had the flu jab despite raffles and free coffee incentives
The HSE ran a campaign over the last few months to encourage healthcare workers to get the vaccine.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you got the flu vaccine?
Two strains have been recorded in Ireland.
# postponed surgeries
A number of people have died due to flu, as two strains of the virus hit Ireland
Elective surgeries have been postponed in some hospitals in a bid to prioritise emergencies.
# under the weather
People urged to get flu vaccine after jump in cases of influenza-like illness
People in high-risk groups include pregnant women and those over the age of 65.
# what you preach
Poll: Would you ask your doctor if they had gotten the flu vaccine?
Uptake of the vaccine among medical workers in Ireland is “appallingly low” according to Health Minister Simon Harris.
# winter flu
Patients 'have a right to ask doctors and nurses if they have received the flu vaccine'
Health Minister Simon Harris said just one third of all health workers got the vaccine last year.
# flu patch
A patch on the wrist could deliver flu vaccine instead of needle
First human trial of the ‘microneedle patch’ that ‘punctures skin painlessly’ can be self-administered.
# sugar coat it
Following chocolate comments, HSE says 'incentives' have helped vaccination rate rise 50%
“Vaccine hesitancy is increasingly becoming a major issue,” a HSE spokesperson said.
# chocolate and ipads
Chocolate could encourage nurses to get flu vaccine, committee hears
There was a discussion around what is causing a mistrust of vaccines, which have eradicated many diseases in Ireland.
# jab
Here's how to get yourself vaccinated this flu season
At-risk groups receive tha vaccine free-of-charge.
# H1N1
"Swine Flu is now a seasonal virus" - HSE moves to dampen fears over H1N1 after child's death
The health executive has offered its condolences to the family of the child who died yesterday from the flu strain.
# atishoo
Visitor restrictions at Cork University Hospital
It’s because of an outbreak of flu in the hospital.
# pic of day
Be Gentle With Me Ministerial Pic of the Day
No comment.
# flu vaccine
Vaccine reminder issued as HSE says 1,000 could die in severe flu season
Those in at-risk groups can get the vaccine free-of-charge from their GP or pharmacy.
# Flu
Over 480 patients affected by low-dosage flu vaccines
An interim report by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland says an error in training led to some pharmacists giving adult patients a child’s dosage of the vaccine.
# flu vaccine
HSE issues warning over low dosage flu vaccines
A number of people who recently received the flu vaccine may have received too-low a dose and will need to be re-vaccinated, according to the HSE.
# Flu Jab
Cheaper flu vaccinations on their way at pharmacies
A visit to the GP for a flu jab can cost up to €65, but pharmacists will shortly be able to offer the service for as low as €20.
# Swine Flu
Swine flu - over 5,000 new cases in last week