In these challenging times, we try to do everything we can to look after ourselves. But more importantly, collectively, we need to be mindful of not overwhelming the health system this year. So, it is time to think about getting your flu vaccination to protect yourself and your family against the flu virus this winter.
Anyone over 6 months of age can and should be vaccinated against influenza this year.
The vaccine is funded by PHARMAC for certain groups of people who are at greater risk of complications from influenza. If you are over 65 you will be funded, or if you have a chronic condition that is on the eligible list. Check with the pharmacist to find out.
The most important group in the community to be immunised against flu is pregnant ladies. This is because pregnant women who contract influenza have significantly higher rates of hospital admissions than women who are not pregnant.
Yes, it is possible to get your vaccination at the Pharmacy. However, if you usually attend one of the three local Medical Centres we encourage you to continue to do this, as they operate an efficient recall system. #heretohelp