UPDATED 19th SEPTEMBER 2017:

2017 Flu Vaccinations : Now Available at North Gate Medical Centre  

Flu is an acute respiratory illness caused by infection with an influenza virus.  Flu is usually self limiting and recovery takes 2-7 days, but it can be a severe illness in the elderly or those with chronic diseases such as respiratory illness like cystic fibrosis or asthma, chronic heart disease, diabetes, or chronic liver and kidney diseases.Influenza is spread by coughing or sneezing and is very contagious.  Symptoms include a high fever, sore throat, dry cough, aches and pains in the limbs and headache.  Sometimes nausea and vomiting may occur.

Who should be vaccinated against flu?

Annual immunisation is strongly recommended for:

  • People aged over 65
  • Pregnant women
  • Adults and Children over 6 months old with a chronic disease, for example, diabetes, liver disease, asthma, heart disease
  • People who have had their spleen removed
  • Children and teens on long term aspirin therapy
  • Immunosuppressed people
  • Residents of nursing homes
  • Healthcare staff
  • Carers of those in at risk groups
  • People in regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl

Is the vaccine free of charge?

There is no charge for:
  1. Patients aged over 65 who have a medical card
  2. High risk patients (patients with chronic disease, immunosuppressed patients or those who have had their spleen removed) who have a medical card
  3. Carers (of high risk patients) who have a medical card
A charge of €20 applies to:
  1. Patients aged over 65 who do not have a medical card
  2. High risk patients who do not have a medical card
  3. Carers (of high risk patients) who do not have a medical card
A charge of €20 applies to all other patients, including medical card holders, who do not fall into the above categories