2017-2018 Flu Vaccine:

The Flu Vaccine is now available at North Gate Medical Centre.

Vaccination is strongly recommended for:

  • persons aged 65 and older
  • those with long term medical conditions such as diabetes and chronic heart, kidney, lung or neurological disease
  • people whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment including all cancer patients
  • persons with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40
  • pregnant women (at any stage in pregnancy)
  • residents of nursing homes and other long stay institutions
  • people with regular close contact with poultry, water fowl or pigs
  • health care workers
  • carers

Flu Facts:

  • There has been a steady increase in the number of cases of flu in recent years.
  • Flu is a very infectious and potentially serious illness and a new flu vaccine must be given each year.
  • Flu can cause severe illness and can even be life threatening for older people, those who have a long term illness and pregnant women.
  • Flu is a highly infectious acute respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. Influenza affects people of all ages. Outbreaks of flu occur almost every year, usually in winter. This is why it is also known as seasonal flu.
  • Flu can be prevented by vaccination. Flu vaccination is a safe, effective way to help prevent flu infection, avoid hospitalisation and reduce flu-related deaths and illnesses.

Click here for more information from the HSE on the flu vaccine